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- Madden '07 revfe 

- Configuring a D-LINI^^ 

- Confessions of an Addict^ 
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Interview: Po^Tiap GQI^es 

Understanding the group ^L ^J^^ _^ 

that understands the "casual ga^^r" 


mmy more... 

2old2type Podcast I Feedback I Ask MikeJames I Retro Games 






Will Wright: Pioneer 

Richard Garriott: The Story of a Legend 

A Short Biography of Scott Adams 

In a Bar with Sid Meier 

2old2pwn LAN Party Wrapup 

2old2con Wrapup 





The Editor Pwns You! 


2old2type Radio 

Tank Reports 

You Blogged This! 

Weekend Rentals 

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Kirk Manley (BATMANKM) 


Derrick Schommer (CodeMonkey) 


Daniel PloufFe (DanLeCrinque) 

Cory Cheney (Drost) 

Derek Nolan (DSmooth) 

Eddie Barnes (edd9139) 

James O'Dea (Fetal) 

Jennifer Schommer (ChaosNation) 


Paul Szczublewski (webmonkee) a.k.a Trupundit 

Rebecca Jones (CapnHun) 

Rob Dunn (DeadDrPhibes) 

Todd Burbo (prododgeball) 

Terry Griffith (bigeks) 


Luke Leidal (Broken Design) 

Jean-Philippe "Lunatik" Lambert (Lunatikzx) 


Kirk Manley (BATMANKM) 

website: http://www>studiokmxom 
Josh Diffey (Darth Cestual) 


Derrick Schommer (CodeMonkey) 

Eddie Barnes (edd9139) 

Fred Giombolini (Derf) 

JeffMcCain(XS Smoke) 

Jimmy (JollyRoger) 

Joey Parker (RogueRedneck) 

Kevin (TANK 2old2play) 

Mike Serpe (Mikejames) 

Michael Kanick (MTK005) 


Rob Dunn (DeadDrPhibes) 


PopCap Games for taking our interview seriously and 
giving us great answers to our questions. It is teams like 
this that make the game industry fun to work with, 

Wikipedia,org for providing some facts and figures for 
information. It is nice to find a group of great people that 
are driving to collect all the facts of the world, 


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by CodeMonkey 

I always wanted to make games when I grew up. Honestly, I could 
not think of a better thing to do in life. When I was fourteen years 
old, I tried "making a game" on an old Macintosh without having 
a single clue on how a game was made. Needless to say, MacPaint 
didn't make all my dreams come true. Now I am thirty years old 
and I write code for a living,,, not games, but it's a step in the right 
direction! Oh, and on the side I also work on a magazine. 

Many of my friends wanted to be police officers or firefighters, a few 
wanted to be G,I, Joe, ,, whatever that was, but I always wanted to 
make video games, I haven't lived that dream as of yet, so all I can do 
now is try to interact with those that do live that life, I look at games 
differently than most gamers because I have done a little "indy game" 
development and I work in a development position, 

I'm not saying that gamers lack respect for the game studios, 

but many just want to entertain themselves and kick off their shoes after work in front of some 
SimCity, Halo or Madden. Gamers are amazed at the graphics and eye candy while I'm amazed at 
the amount of polygons, lighting, textures and design. You may find yourself talking about how 
fast Need for Speed: Most Wanted is, while I wonder how they managed to cache a whole course 
without accessing the DVD, I guess it is just another way of thinking. 

This is why in my mind I hold most game designers high on a platform. Designers like Will Wright 
and his simulations or Richard Garriot and his infamous Ultima series, I wish I could watch John 
Carmack develop a game engine or shake hands with Shigeru Miyamoto, All of these brilliant 
minds have helped change the game entertainment industry at its foundation and built a set of 
childhood memories that are worth a fortune in gold. There are so many great game designers that 
it would not be possible to mention them all, but every member of this elite group is responsible 
for my childhood imaginations and drive to be a developer, 

I understand that each one of these important figures is a normal person working a job to feed his or 
her family, I hope they understand the impact they've had on society - and continue to have every day 
we power on our console or computers. Everyone has a figure to look up to; some people love Orson 
Welles, Samuel Clemens ("Mark Twain") or Gene Roddenberry for StarTrek. Each of these figureheads 
has changed an industry and along the way the minds of many. The game industry is no different. 

If I had to pick a single game developer that has changed my way of thinking, it would have to be 
Shigeru Miyamoto, There is not a single game design, in my opinion, that he has created incorrectly 
or that needed improvement. If he releases a game, I would not hesitate to buy it because he has never 
disappointed me in any design decision. Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros, Zelda, F-Zero, Star Fox, Mario 
Kart, Wave Race, Luigi's Mansion, Pikmin and the list goes on. Are they the most dazzling games on 
the market? No, Not one of them matches the graphics of Call of Duty 2 or Oblivion, but when it comes 
down to top notch quality games in all areas of design, Miyamoto impresses me endlessly. 

My wife said to me, "why don't you have an issue featuring some game designers," and I thought it was a 
great idea, I asked a few writers to do a little research on their favorite designers and this issue features 
a few of their conclusions, I hope I can get more research for later issues on this topic as well, because I 
believe it's an area that few people consider when looking at a game. Next time you sit down in front of 
your favorite game, ask yourself, "how did they do it?" 


Derrick Schommer (CodeMonkey) 


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This episode consists of three personalities: 

Doodirock: The man with the master plan to bring news and information to the twenty-five 
and older populous. His opinions can sometimes be extreme but his questions are on target 
with what a gamer is thinking. 

Ebola2: A man with gaming views and opinions that align well with the typical gam- 
er. He brings reality back after Doodi and Bliznot fall victim to off topics. 

Bliznot: Often sarcastic attitude towards gaming and life in general (and anything 
doodirock says). Bliznot is there to break the seriousness with some off the wall topic of 
conversation that may make you say "wtf?" and spit your cola all over the keyboard. 


This week covered a little bit on the new site 
enhancements coming down the pipe, includ- 
ing the infamous Senior Citizen Card (SCC) 
system* In the site news they also covered informa- 
tion about the new blog features and the final count- 
down for the writers contest (should be resolved be- 
fore this edition goes to 'print')* 

EA discusses the new Ultima Online re-make and the casters go into 
detail about their opinions of the MMO and if they'd leave World of 
Warcraft to play it* 

Also in the news, Microsoft enables user-created Xhox 360 games* Of 
course, doodirock and Bliznot want to make a 2old2play game starring 
them as all might ninjas* What does Ebola2 get to be? Listen and find out* 

What is this podcast you speak of?! For those of you new to the world 
of podcasting or currently own an iPod yet have never subscribed to a 
podcast, you are missing a good deal of great information* A podcast is 
a radio show, similar to what you would hear on a radio station in your 
home town, but typically more focused towards something you actually 
want to hear* Many podcasts contain zero commercials and can offer 
hours of entertainment* 

Like a radio show on your way to work, you will learn the personalities 
of the show and begin to relate to their perspectives (or argue against 
them)* Podcasts such as 2old2type focus on the game entertainment 
genre, but you can find podcasts that cover all topics in all languages* 
It's simply amazing, and one of the best features of the Apple iPod. 

You can obtain the 2old2type podcasts on ww w* 2old2play*com /or /ree 
by clicking on the episodes directly on the homepage, or through iTunes* 
If you're new to podcasts, you can download episode 1 through episode 
29 from iTunes and start filling up your iPod's disk capacity (episodes 
usually run about 50-60 minutes)* 

If you would like to ask the team a question about gaming, you can leave 
them a message at (733) 527-2961* 

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EA will publish a new truly next generation version in the Burnout se- 
ries for Xhox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3. The menu subdividing the 
game play will be gone; every intersection has the possibility of being a 
Crash Junction! The new Drivers License feature will keep track of how 
much carnage and destruction you cause; additionally there will be boss 
fights when you reach certain levels* This will be built from the ground 
up for Xhox 360 and PS3. 



The zombie killing masterpiece sold a copy every five seconds in its first two 
weeks making it the fastest selling Xhox 360 title to date* Unfortunately, 
other regions have to wait until September to get their zombie kill' in on* 



Microsoft has announced that they will start a 
ine of games selling for $29*99 called 'Classics*' 
The first two games to be called Classics will 
be Perfect Dark Zero and Kameo, both 1st 
party titles* This should hit store shelves 
just in time for holiday shoppers - so peo- 
ple will compare $29*99 Xhox 360 games 
to the $59*99 PlayStation 3 games* This is 
Microsoft's counter punch I guess* 



Microsoft's Albert Penello has gone on record as saying that the CORE was 
designed to reach the price point of as low as $149 over time* Could we see 
a price drop of core to $199 for the holiday season? With the new cheaper 
processors and cheaper components, there certainly seems like there's room 
to drop the price* It will probably depend on what Wii's announced price 
will be and we'll probably see CORE drop to compete for holiday dollars* 



The MSRP on the 12 month Xhox Live Gold 
membership is $50*00 and that's what you'll 
find it for in many stores* However, customers 
of Amazon told them that it was too expensive 
and they listened* Amazon has marked down 
the price of the membership card to $36*00 sav- 
ing you $14*00 off a big box store or renewing 
through your dashboard* Shipping is also free 
if you pick Super Saver adding to the value* 

http://www*amazon*com/gp/product/B000B9RI00/sr = 8-l/ 
qid=1155581360/ref=pd bbs l/104-6239008-8970365fie=UTF8 


Sony has decided to delay plans for releasing their own stand alone Blu- 
Ray DVD decks* The Blu-Ray laser diodes are in very short supply right 
now and Sony's trying to get 2'million PS3's built for launch* This could 
be a good marketing move since Blu-Ray decks are $1,000 so people 
looking for one of those will see the $600 price of a PS3 as a bargain* For 
those people they'll be getting a cheap DVD deck and a game machine 
as a bonus* Sony's marketing machine working at it's best! 



Just when you thought $2*00 Ohlivion horse armor and $10*00 in 
Chromehounds part upgrades was getting a little too much* Along comes 
Lumines Live to make those seem like a bargain! Lumines Live, to start, 
will be the most expensive XBLA game to date* Despite being the most 
expensive game, you don't even buy the whole game for that money* You 
can progress only so far and you'll be asked for another few bucks to con- 
tinue* Then when you get to the end of that 'expansion/' you'll be asked 
for some more money to continue* If you want to play Lumines Live, I'd 
recommend getting it for your PC for $5*00 and send a message to devel- 
opers that we're not going to tolerate the constant wallet leeching* 

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G4 produced a short video on one of 
the PS3 development units* They run 
you though the basic interface and sub 
menus so you get an idea of what the 
PS3 UI will look like* I'm told it's very similar to the PSP* 


The PS3's CELL processor was suppose to run at 550mh% and the memory 
was suppose to run at 700mh%. Rumor has it that the yields on the CELL pro- 
cessor are pretty bad right now (which is typical for brand new processors). 
Processors that don't run at SSOmhz or better typically wouldn't make the cut 
and are essentially not usable in the PS3. So by dropping the spec to 500mh%, 
many more processors can pass the mark reducing waste. Since Sony's trying to 
get 2-million units made for launch, they need all the processors they can get. 


WITH 700,000 


A story broke a few weeks ago about the launch numbers Sony 
will have on the PS3. They will launch three territories at the 
same time with 2-million units total, so around 700,000 per ter- 
ritory. It's not known what the split between the two SKU's will 
be. However, some analysts are saying that number could be 
cut in half due to component shortages. So a launch that looks 
better than the Xhox 360's 500,000 suddenly becomes worse 
to 360,000. Only time will tell as Sony ramps up production 
but Sony is saying they have capacity to make 2-million units a 
month and expects to deliver 4-million by the end of the year. 


Will Right is evaluating the DS and if he can get SPORE 
to work on it. He really likes the dual screens and the touch 
sensitivity and thinks he can work with it. 
nintendo ds preview spore 


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f there was a game developer studio that you 
could tour and meet the makers, ask questions 
and socialize with*** what developer would it be? 

Bungie* I'd shave my head beforehand, gank Frankie and take his job* 
Plus, you know, screen shots of Halo 3*** 

Drost, Stillwater, OK 

For me, I'd have to say Blizzard* I'd love to sit down and meet the 
makers of the biggest MMORPG in history and ask them "How do 
you do it? How do you keep it all running?" and see what history 
these people have that culminated to the historical WoW craze* 

CodeMonkey, New Hampshire 

I would like to visit* * * Bungie* At any point 
in the company's history, from Alex's base- 
ment when he was an MS employee, to 
there new digs, which are supposedly a 
former hardware store* If it was really old 
time stuff, then I would say Infocom, or 
Microprose way back in the day* 

Seattle, WA 

Tiburon Studios (aka the EA studio that produces Madden)* I 
chose them because I hate traveling and they are in my backyard 
' Orlando* Plus, I wouldn't mind bitch-slapping Maddens head 
producer for introducing a yearly gimmick to the franchise instead 
of streamlining the game play* 

Deland, FL 

I hate tours and if i'm touring anything it's the Playboy Mansion* 



SirPoonga, Wl 



I would say Bungie as well* 

budman24, Lynn, MA 

I'm too lazy to look it up right noW; 
but I'd like to visit whoever devel- 
oped Big Mutha Truckers 2 and beat 
the snot out of them for represent- 
ing everything that's wrong with the 
game industry* 

[Editors note: Eutechnyx developed 
Big Mutha Truckers 2 and it was re- 
leased by THQ*] 


PlaySration,a jl 

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By XSSmoke 

Where to begin? Lets start with the fact 
that I missed last months article (Week- 
end Rentals) pretty much due to my insa- 
tiable appetite for a game I had never even looked at 
before* Let s take a look at the facts in the begin- 
ning stages of my soul being consumed*** 

1) Imagine 120 hours of your life put into said 
game over the first eleven days of playing it. 

2) I found myself crashing out for bed around 3-4 am 
every night, while not highly concerned with the 
fact I get up at 7:30 am each day for work. 

3) Not even during my Halo 2 fanboy peak had I ever got up 
before work to squeeze in some playing time. 

4) When I slept, it took all of 2 days for the dreams 
to start. 

5) I was supposed to write an article last month... I can 
barely remember what month last month was. 

6) I used to play Halo 2 on my PC every day. I have 
played it twice in two months now. Possibly because 
I couldn't get to my computer. 

7) There is a sun? 

8) I have friends who get together every weekend. Or I 
did anyway... maybe I still do. I'm not sure. It could 
just be the voices in my head. 


L ^M ilk. J * V 





And there you have it. The game is of course World of Warcraft and 
I am just another lost soul among millions. Is it the game's fault or 
my own? Well of course, it's not the games fault; I am not going to 
blame a game for my playing habits. I could, but that would honestly 
just be a silly thing to do. Truly, the fault lies with my 
"friend" who bought me the game and just told 
me to, "try it." It must completely be his fault, 
so for all those who knew me before the addic- 
tion, blame him. 

It's not as if I didn't know it was going to happen, 
though. I have been trying to avoid this game, always 
knowing the effects it would no doubt have upon my 
poor defenseless body. However, I fell into the age old 
trap of peer pressure and the natural curiosity of the un- 
known. A taste is all it took and I was gone. The first 
night was like a blur and I am not even sure where I 
woke up. All I know is the night before was a whir 
of colors and sounds unlike any I had experienced. 
It wasn't a quick fix; the effects lasted for hours and 
hours on end. By the time the weekend was done, I had 
played for 36 of the 48 hours that were available to me. 
It felt like I had taken only a sip from the Golden Goblet 
which held the Elixir of the Gods. . . 

I can see why so many people on the outside hate this 
game. If you knew exactly what it did to people then 
you do not hate it enough. There are some of you that are 
not into RPG games and it is those that may not truly be 
hooked and are safe from its evil trappings. Play your foot- 
ball games and shooters and you will live knowing that you are 
partaking in the "safe" games. However, if you ingest this cookie of 
desire and are at all in touch with the life of a fantasy role, then be 
warned, you may need to have therapy and attend anonymous meet- 
ings later on. 

The game is WoW. Is it a game or an addiction?. When they told me not to 
forget to eat, I thought it was just a silly joke and played it off as nothing. 
I am pretty sure my caretaker, who shall be called "Ice," does manage to 
shove food into me at certain intervals. I owe a lot to this strong willed 
woman. She puts up with an addiction that really isn't my doing. 

Oh, one more thing. . . If you want to find me, my name in WoW is Xor- 
lin, and I can be found on the realm "Agamaggan," somewhere between 
the Ironforge auction house and the dangerous perils of the Desolace 
outback. If you come looking for me, be wary of the evil Horde that lurk 
around the comers just waiting to attack unsuspecting Alliance. 

I must return and uphold the honor of my dwarven brethren now. I 
shall, however, leave you with a closing statement. . . Real life just 
takes away from WoWtimQ. 


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By MTkOOS,,^ ! j ^ ' 




y now, Im sure most 
.gamers know all 
about John Mad- 
den, his game, and the 
history of one of the most 
successful game series of 
all time* Review or not, 
most football fans pre-or- 
der this game every yean If 
you show up at midnight to 
your local GameStop the night 
it s released (as I did), you re likely to 
see 40-50 (or more) people hanging out, waiting to 
get their copy, go home, play for hours and roll into 
work or school after 3 hours of sleep* 

I have a confession to make before I start* My name is MTK and 
I'm a self ascribed EA fanboy* I've only ever owned two 2K Sports 
games and have always bought EA every year* I never owned a 2K 
football game, but I've heard a lot, since 2K fanboys are quite loud 
with their opinions* 

Regardless of my fanboy status, I'm going to try and give the most fair 
and honest review I possibly can* I picked this game up at 12:16 am on 
8/22/06, and here is my "I've owned this game for 60 hours" review* 


Franchise mode has been around a long time, and it's become such 
a normal part of the game that it's hard to get in any changes* This 
year, EA tried a few tweaks for the 360, and I'm still not sure how I 
feel about them* The easy tweaks to describe come from a lot of the 
in-game play, whether it is the pre-game entrances for each team or 
the cool videos of your team walking up to the line for the next play* 
The more interesting ones are a sliding bar for each player's happiness 
and the presence of Hall of Fame players in your franchise* The easy 
one to discuss is the happy-scale, since it's fairly intuitive* This is one 
step further from EA's previous meters - instead of having to go to the 
management screen for the specific player, you can see a little bar un- 
der the player icon on your roster and in some menus you can see what 
he desires most: a good team, playing time, or money, etc* This helps 
you keep your team morale up, and we all know that a happy team is 
more likely to be successful* 

The Hall of Famers (HoF) are a different story* EA uses a system 
called the "Madden Gamer Level" (which I'll explain later) to track 
your progress through the game and unlock items for you, much 
as the Madden Points did in the past* When you attain a higher 
Madden Gamer Level (MGL), you automatically unlock more HoF 
players, instead of buying those Madden Cards from previous years* 

Those of you who have played MVP Baseball with its HoF system 
will understand this system a little bit better* The problem, though, 
is that once you unlock these guys, they're in your roster* And there 
is no option, as in MVP Baseball, to not allow these players into your 
franchise rosters* So, any crappy team could pick up Lynn Swan, for 
example, and there's nothing I can do about it* 

Other than those items, I haven't found anything terribly new or in- 
teresting here* EA has definitely kicked up the realism however; when 
I played the Colts in Week 1 (with my beloved Giants), Peyton Man- 
ning audibled something (or more than once) on virtually every play* 


Superstar mode is back this year after being out in 06 and not on the list 
for this year* EA decided that it could cram this into the 360 version, 
and it seems to be the biggest reason for getting this game* 

In this mode, you play as the player you create, and only as him* If you're 
a RB, you run your plays and you block or roll out for passes* You can 
assume control of the defense, but only if you choose to* Otherwise, you 
sit the bench and watch* 

And if you think that may be difficult, you have to realize that, unlike 
previous years, you cannot just adjust your created player numerically, 
making yourself perfect in every facet of the game* To be good, you have 
to master the Mini Games, which takes some time* 

Another side note/bug issue I noticed in this mode - don't try and do 
something before it has it on your schedule* With my first Superstar 
(whom I had to restart from the beginning), I noticed in the menu that 
you can go to the agent list before the calendar prompts you to get one* 
I did so and hired an agent two days early* When it hit the agent sign- 
ing day on my calendar, I went to the Agent list from the calendar and 
while I could hire and fire agents as many times as I want, somehow me 
having one already screwed up the game and I was stuck in that menu 
until I went back to Dashboard and restarted the game, which as you 
can imagine was very annoying* 

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This mode can be the most rewarding, however, since you can play your- 
self right into the Hall of Fame* 


As I mentioned before, the mini-games are not something you can ex- 
pect to excel at right out of the box* Everyone does both the 40 yard 
dash and the bench press, and then you get a role-specific mini game* 
For example, RBs and LBs get a running/run stopping game while QBs/ 
Receivers/DBs get a passing/receiving game* Practice makes perfect, so 
I wouldn't try to create a player for your Franchise or Superstar mode 
until you've mastered these techniques* 


For a lot of us at 2old2play, the online portion makes the game* 
That's why a Chromehounds is so successful versus a deeper, better 
Single Player game like Prey. So to test this mode and put my "elite 
Madden skills" to the test, I enlisted my clan mate Stryker in an 
online throw down* We had both the game running and a 360 chat 
connection going the whole time, and there was rarely any notice- 
able lag* The only lag was during the video sequences* However, I do 
know others have had problems with lag* 

I'm not big on playing sporting games online, but I had a blast trash 
talking and analyzing plays while taking my G-Men to a 21-7 victory* 
If you like playing real folks, this is the mode for you* Also, beware of 
your friends list, as someone else who owns the game can challenge 
you in your franchise and ruin your perfect season* 


The offspring of the Madden points is EA's new way of letting you 
track your progress and skill level and keep you playing the game* The 
system is akin to Halo's level design (for example, I'm now a 4, whereas 
Stryker is a 3) and also helps in getting you matches online where you 
won't get pwned by some crazy Timmy* Unlike Halo, however, it's not 
based on your performance online, just on how often and well you play 
the overall game* There are achievements associated with attaining 
different levels, and you also unlock the Hall of Fame players* 



This is one of my biggest bones of contention with this game, and it 
is semi-frustrating* Anyone who has played NCAA 07 will know the 
UI is very similar with scrolling menus as opposed to entering a spe- 
cific mode* Additionally, if you hit "B" enough times you'll end up back 
where you were before you hit "B", not at a main menu* It's harder to 
explain than it is to try* 

The problem, however, is that with NCAA it works, whereas Madden 
is less intuitive* NCAA gave you some visual background clues as to 
where you are in the menus, whereas my Madden background has never 
changed from my team specific one* It doesn't even rotate players; it's 
just Jeremy Shockey, all the time* This system makes it very hard to find 
what you are looking for some times, as it's not a very intuitive system* 

Additionally, the menu skips somewhat, as if the code is too clunky 
for the 360 to process* It's hard to believe that EA could screw 
this up to make a "next-gen" machine have menu blips like an old 
Xbox, but it did* I've seen much more intensive games not have 
this problem (like Chromehounds) so I'm sure this is just EA's bad 
programming at work* 

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This is my place to vent on other items I found wrong or weird with this 
game that I cannot fit into other sections* I'll avoid discussing the bugs 
that have already been pointed out (Fatigue) and get on to my own issues* 

First off, there is no menu fianction to download the most recent roster update* 
EA apparently decides to prompt you on this whenever they feel like after you've 
signed into online mode* I was almost into my online game with Stryker before 
it told me (not asked me) that I had to download an online roster* 

Secondly^ if you ve made a created player and saved your roster but decide to 
discard it, you can delete that saved roster, but its hard to reset your rosters 
to the disc default* Stryker had a default roster saved to his 360 that he could 
load, mine did not* There was no "hit X to load default rosters" prompt or 
anything so I again had to go back to the dashboard to clear everything* 

Third, no matter what mode you play, the in-game announcer is not John 
Madden* It's some radio guy, and he's not nearly as 
good* Next year, give me Al Michaels Please* 

Finally, when I went to make the rosters ac- 
curate (Ty Law to the Chiefs, Junior Seau to 
the Pats, etc) I found that 
even in roster edit mode 
(i*e* not signed into a 
franchise or superstar' 
it was a pain to get guys 
to their correct team, 
since some of the menu 

controls are clunky (hit RT to bring up the scroll bar, the hit the stick to the 
right while holding RT to go to the other side, etc)* Yet another obstacle to 
getting the Madden player to a point where they are happy with the realism* 

To be good, you have to 
master the Mini Games, 
which takes some time. 


Well, if you've made it this far I have to give you credit, since this is longer 
than I expected* On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd have to give this game a 7*5* 

Overall, it's the same old Madden, but with upgraded graphics* It's 

still a lot of fun when you actually get into the game, which is a big 

chunk of how you have to evaluate this* EA loses points on the 

announcer, but watching Peyton audible 4 million times made 

up for it* The bugs, glitches and menus are an issue, but it's 

only between games, so it's easily overcome* 

To end this, I'll go back to where I started and my self-de- 
termined mission to be fair and honest* I feel that, had EA 
^' not gotten the exclusive license, this game would be a lot 
better* I'm not saying I'd be buying NFL 2K7 right now, but 
competition makes everyone up their game and skills, which leads 
to a better end-product for consumers* 

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Talismania is a puzzle game jointly developed 
by Rocketjump Games and PopCap Games, 
and published by GameHouse* It was released 
on August 3rd, 2006* In the game, you play King Mi- 
das, who has accidentally transformed his daughter, 
Marygold, into a golden statue with the magical Mi- 
das Touch* The Greek god Zeus will agree to reverse 
her transformation if Midas uses magical talismans to 
create money to spend on others instead of himself, to 
atone for his sins of greed* To help him with this task, 
Zeus has presented Midas with a team of builders, so 
that he can rebuild various buildings and landmarks 
across the kingdom* 

Talismania is the newest arrival from PopCap Games* This puz- 
zle game is slightly more addictive than any other game PopCap 
has in its library to date* I would gather that it is more addictive 
and fun than Tetris was fif- 
teen years ago* Talismania 
is like a good Merlot, sim- 
ple in flavor but presents a 
strong satisfaction* 

After receiving the press re- 
lease from PopCap Games 
that announced this new arriv- 
al^ I went out and downloaded 
the demo to give it a try* The 
game contained some natural 
draw to me that I could not 
describe* It might be the na- 
ture of puzzle games and their 
ability to quickly hook you 
like a fish to a worm* A few 
days later, I had finished the 
main story mode of the game 
and sat back with a satisfied 
look on my face, "I beat it*" 


There are two modes to Talismania: Story Mode and Hero Mode* 
It is clear from the start that Hero Mode is locked, so you must 
complete some of the Story Mode before unlocking it* The two 
modes share most of the same style except Hero Mode is a timed 
puzzle whereas Story Mode is not* You must finish the puzzle 
before time runs out - the more time you have the more points 
you earn* This is unlike Story Mode, where you have all the time 
in the world to finish a puzzle and have the opportunity to perfect 
your techniques* 


The game play is simple yet intriguing enough to keep you addicted* 
Each level pits you in a hexagonal grid maze of tiles that you can spin 
clockwise by right-clicking or counter-clockwise by left-clicking* Every 
tile has two or more tunnel-like pathways to guide a beam of light from 
one talisman to another* You are given one or more pairs of talismans 
which you must connect through this beam of light* 

Once you spin the tiles so the beams of light link you will receive a num- 
ber of coins for each tile between the two talismans* 

The coins you collect will be made of bronze, silver, or gold* The goal is 
to collect as much money as possible throughout the level* Once you link 
two talismans all the tiles that were part of the link are converted into 
coins and new ones drop down (in a fashion similar to Hexic). 

The coins you collect help Midas build monuments, temples and other 
architecture to complete Zeus's task* As you collect coins, your Talisman 

Meter will rise* This meter is 
right at the top of the level in 
the letters of TALISMAN* 
They move from bronze to sil- 
ver and finally to gold as you 
build paths* Watch out, how- 
ever, because the meter drains 
while you're building paths, 
so it is in your best interest to 
build them fast* When you hit 
silver or gold, the next talis- 
man set will be made of that 
respective material* The gold 
talismans (shaped like lions) 
will convert the tiles into gold 
coins, the silver (unicorns) into 
silver coins, and bronze (owls) 
into the most basic coin* 

A Talisman master will work 

hard to complete the tasks 

quickly in order to keep gold 

talismans on the board and score the highest points by bringing in the 

most gold coins* Once you've filled your gold scale to its maximum goal 

(written under the scale) you will defeat the level* 

There are five levels in each chapter of the story and a total of 

eight chapters. 

As you can see by my completed map I have all the chapters fi- 
nalized, but not all of the structures are built with goldl That is 
because I am not yet talented enough to receive large amounts of 
gold talismans for each chapter* Each time you build a part of the 

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required architecture, it uses your money to buy the most expen- 
sive material* If you notice in the "Colossus" chapter I managed 
to make a silver statue except for the right arm - that sucker is 
gold! Unfortunately, I was unable to build a full gold statue due 
to lack of skilL 

You cannot really lose in Story Mode, but you may not complete the 
story with all gold monuments* You are not able to go back and redo 
the chapters without starting a fresh game, so do it perfectly the first 
time or deal with the consequences - this is part of the challenge and 
replayability factor* Didn't do it perfect? Start overl 


Talismanias Story Mode starts out fairly tame* Initially you believe 
it's a "simple puzzle game" until you see your first monster* The 
game contains a host of mythological monster tiles that will appear 
as the levels increase in difficulty* Any number of monster tiles 
can be on a puzzle and the more you find the harder 
the game becomes* You may find yourself up against 
a Medusa tile where she will randomly turn your tiles 
into stone; useless for gathering coins, if you do not 
cross her path with the talisman beam (after all, she's a 
tile like all others)* 

You cannot rotate monster tiles and this adds an in- 
creased level of difficulty* They are static tiles, some 
which will move on their own after you complete a 
talisman link and do not include them* Each time you 
complete a link and you do not include a monster it will 
perform its own specific action* For example, a Mino- 
taur tile rips through your tiles, making them useless for 
coins, by charging in a straight line in a random direc- 
tion* The Acid Slime spits acid on your coin scale and 
eats away a few coins* A red Acid Slime will chew away 
bonus stars, a Siren drains your Talisman Meter and a 
Kraken chews on a percentage of coins you just earned 
by completing the link (and not including him)* 

To make matters worse, an Epic Monster is like all other 
monsters but requires two turns to kill* That means you're going to 
take a penalty in most situations unless you are fast and can destroy 
them with another pair of talismans on the board (or jumping into 
Talismania Mode - see below)* 

The last ramp of difficulty arrives when you see your first ani- 
mated tile* This little tile spins around in a circle and you can 
select a position for it by right or left clicking but, after a few sec- 
onds, it will begin moving again* If you plan to use them in your 
path you must do it quickly or continue to go back and join them 

when they re-animate* However, you gain more points 

for using these tricky tiles* 


A puzzle game isn't complete without many bonus 
opportunities* As you're completing levels and mak- 
ing really skillful moves, you gain one or more stars* 
These stars can be used to go into Talismania Mode 
for a number of seconds (depending on the total stars 
you have accrued)* Once in this mode you quickly 
click the tiles on the hexagonal maze and they will 
turn instantly into coins as if you linked two talis- 
mans* If you can click all the tiles, you will gain a 
large quantity of coins (perhaps enough to complete 
the level without further work)* 

In later levels, I found this to be extremely important 
_^ for destroying a number of annoying monster tiles* 
When I was in a situation where I had no easy paths 
to destroy all the monsters and I had five monster 
tiles on my screen in a single turn, the fastest way to 
destroy them was to enter Talismania Mode and tar- 
get them for destruction (and coins)* However, since this mode 
requires you to build up more stars by doing fantastic maneuvers 
it should only be used in times of desperation or if you know you 
will be able to complete the level quickly after using it* 


The bonus chest, usually sitting beside Midas in the far-right cor- 
ner, is initially locked* To open the chest you must complete the 
entire level in a specific number of turns determined by the number 
on the chest* This is your incentive to build long pathways in short 
time* A turn is initiated when you link two talismans together* 

If you receive the bonus chest, you will be handed a large stack of ad- 
ditional coins at the end of the level* These coins are valuable for those 
trying to build completely gold monuments* 

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Talismania does not come with all curses and monsters* Some tiles 
that show up are there to help you* The Bonus Tile gives you a five- 
coin bonus if you complete a 
link with this tile in your path* WM 
The Power Tile fires a lighten- ^ 
ing bolt (from Zeus) down in a 
straight line and all tiles in its 
path become coins (including 
monster tiles)* There is a Freeze 
Tile which will freeze the turn 
counter on the Bonus Chest so 
that you have a few free turns to 
work with* 

There are two other tiles that 
must be mentioned: the Combo 
Tile, and Pandora Tile* The 
Combo Tile is a tile that has four 
branches and you must link four 
beams into the tile* The beams 
must all be the same talisman 
type: bronze, silver, or gold* If 
you can link all four beams into 
one of these tiles, you get a five- 
star bonus and all the talismans 
and paths utilized are turned 
into coins* The downfall is that it 
takes some time to complete and 
your Talisman Meter will prob- 
ably suffer for your patience* 

The Pandora Tile can be good or bad (isn't that always the way 
with her?) It has eight branch pathways running through it and is 
easy to incorporate into a path, 
sometimes unavoidable* Once W 
you turn it into a coin, it is re- 
placed by a random bonus tile 
or monster tile* Good luck* 


Ok, hold your breath for a 
minute*** you may play this 
game and learn a bit about 
history* I apologize now to 
those gamers that want mind- 
less game entertainment* 
When you complete certain 
structures or statues, you are 
given facts about mythological 
history* These are "fun facts" 
that you probably should have 
taken notes on in sixth grade* 

The game does indeed have a 
story but I must admit*** I liked 
the puzzles too much to pay 
close attention to it* I do know 
that each chapter had a cartoon- 
like scroll that had words and 
pictures* I just clicked "OK" and ■" 
moved to the next chapter* I apologize up front to the story designer 
and promise to read it if the story comes out in hardcover* 


The music, by Somatone Productions, was perfect for this game* 
These folks also did the music for Metal of Honor on the PlayStation 

2 along with a few Disney 
games and Indie games* The 
audio has almost an Egyptian 
rhythm mixed with a new aged 
techno which is best summed 
up by one word: awesome* 

The music is clear and profes- 
sional* This is the type of audio 
rhythm that one could listen to 
in their car on the commute to 
work* The sound is fluid, re- 
laxing and contains an addic- 
tive beat* Those with good bass 
boxes and sound systems will 
appreciate the musical score* 


The graphics remind me of 
Zuma on the Xhox 360 with a bit 
more of a cartoon aspect* The 
story and characters are defi- 
nitely set in a Super Deformed 
anime style world* The graph- 
ics are as clear and professional 
as the sound quality but are not 
mind-boggling next-generation 
graphics that you'd see in Call 
of Duty 2 or Madden 07. They are built perfectly for the game at- 
mosphere and make you feel like you got your $19*95 worth* 


The score is everything* You 
want to have the best score in 
your neighborhood and a puzzle 
game is about high scoring* The 
score is determined by many in- 
game factors such as the amount 
of money you gain, how fast you 
gain your coin, how many gold 
coins you have, the amount of 
bonus chests (which is coin), a 
few mid-level mini-games for 
more points, etc* 

To list out all the ways that you 
can increase the score would be a 
bit more in-depth than required 
for this review* Just know that, 
like most puzzle games, it's all 
about gaining the best score and 
practicing to utilize all situations 
for the highest scoring actions* 


I am a big fan of manuals and 
installable documentation* 
This game comes with a "View Readme," which covers credits, 
legal information, and other such text* It also comes with a link 

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to PopCap Games' website but I was unable to find any real 
documentation for the game* The best documentation on the 
web is the Talismania wikipedia entry* 

The game contains tips as you're playing to help you learn, but I have 
a bad habit of clicking "ok" and moving on* I like to read documenta- 
tion before or after I play a bit - not during the game* Therefore, it 
would be nice to have a concrete set of rules for the game outside of 
the in-game tips* 

The high scores are not posted on the Internet* I believe the 
game would contain a larger amount of challenge had the scores 
been competitive across the world* 

Talismania is an enjoyable 
game for a twenty 
dollar bill. I would love to 
see this game show up on 
Xbox Live Marketplace in 
the future. 


Talismania is an enjoyable game for a twenty-dollar bill* I believe 
you will gain much more enjoyment from this game than using 
your USD $19*95 to see a movie with a bag of Sour Patch Kids 
and a Root Beer* The game mechanics will be learned in a matter 
of minutes but the game can take weeks to master* There are so 
many small details that increase your points, coins and comple- 
tion speed that you just won't learn it overnight* 

Having defeated Story Mode I thought I would be done and 
ready to put the game down* This is not a true statement at all* 
Going back and attempting to build more gold structures is claw- 
ing at me and I've just barely touched Hero mode* I suggest you 
download the demo from PopCap Games and see for yourself* 
The value of $19*95 is worthwhile* I would love to see this game 
show up on Xhox Live Marketplace in the future* 

Rating: BUY 

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For players new to the FPS world, this modern 
tactical shooter's action-packed gameplay has 
been structured with an easy learning curve* For 
the expert FPS fans, variety of game-play --from small 
squad level close quarters combat to medium-sized ur- 
ban conflicts to huge multi-squad and vehicle operations 
- provides deep gameplay* K2 Network's FreelPlay"" 
model allows players to have full access to the game free* 
Fans that crave an enhanced experience can use in-game 
money earned during play or real world cash to access 
increased player abilities, special weapons and other 
benefits* An efficient engine allows War Rock to supply 
high-quality visual details and fast frame-rates without 
the need for the latest, most expensive computers* 

- K2 Network 

War Rock is a FPS PC game by K2 Network, which has just gone into 
pubhc beta testing* War Rock is entirely free at the moment, although 
a commercial version will also be available soon* PC, FPS and FREE, 
need I say anymore? War Rock is currently in public beta testing before 
its commercial release, although it has been confirmed that the game 
will always remain free to play, with the option to purchase a fifth weap- 
on slot and more weapons and features* 

Why all the hype about War Rock? For me it's the fact that War Rock can 
be played casually and you can still be good at it* Unlike other FPS shooters 
where, the more you play, the more skilled you become, the more you own* 
In War Rock, you still become more skilled the longer you play, although it 
doesn't mean you'll always own newer players or players which play less* 

Gameplay 9+5/10j War Rock is similar to both Counter Strike and 
Battlefield 2, although unique in such a way, which makes every game 
different* There are currently three map sizes at the moment* Mis- 
sion mode maps, which are small scale maps for small arms combat 
on which you either have to plant or defuse bombs* K2 Network is 
planning to introduce more mission modes in the future* Next up is 
infantry combat with maps slightly larger, in which a few vehicles are 
added to gameplay and there are a few flags to capture* Finally, there is 
vehicle combat, which is large scale maps designed for vehicle and air 
combat, with a large number of flags to capture* Mission mode allows 
for up to 16 players, infantry combat maps allow for up to 24 play- 
ers, while vehicle combat maps offer play for up to 32 players* Mission 
mode is played in rounds, where the first team to win a set number of 
rounds wins, while infantry and vehicle maps are both won by captur- 
ing a set numbered of flags* 

There are five soldier classes for you to play, and you can change what 
class you are playing as soon as you have died* The default sidearm 
weapon for all classes is a Colt handgun, while the default primary 
weapon varies* The engineer repairs vehicles and aeroplanes, etc, al- 
though is useless in mission mode maps where there is nothing to 
repair* An engineer carries a sidearm gun, primary gun and spanner* 
The medic carries a hand gun and primary gun* The medic also has 
the additional bonus of 10 medic kits which they can use to either 
partly raise their own or a teammates health* A scout (sniper) is con- 
sidered the best class by the more skilled group of players* The scout 
carries a secondary gun, two hand grenades and the sniping rifle, 
with the M24 being the default weapon for a scout* The combat- 
ant class is easily the most popular class in the game, mainly for the 
fact that this class can use what some would consider more powerful 
weapons (some weapons are restricted to certain classes)* A combat- 
ant carries a sidearm gun, primary gun and two hand grenades* The 
fifth and final class available in War Rock is the heavy weapons unit, 
a player who chooses this class carries a sidearm gun, four TMA 
mines, and a rocket launcher, with the default being the PZF* Each 
class has its advantages, with the medic or combatant class being 
best suited for new players, while the scout or heavy weapons class is 
more suited to experienced players* 

Better weapons can be purchased from the item shop using the in game 
currency Dinars* Dinars are earned whenever a match is played, and the 
better you did, the more Dinars you will receive* Whenever you level 
up a level, you receive 5000 Dinars* Weapons are leased from the item 
shop for 3, 7, 15 or 30 days, costing from 1200 Dinars for a Desert Eagle 
hand gun for three days, up to 19000 Dinars for the RPG7 for 30 days* 
When the time the weapon was leased for is up, the weapon is returned 
to the item shop* This adds greatly to gameplay and the replay value of 
War Rock, as to have more powerful weapons, you need more Dinars, 
which are largely gained by leveling up* The more you play, the harder it 
is to level up and the harder it becomes to earn Dinars* 

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More mission modes and ways to play in mission mode would cer- 
tainly make gameplay on small scale maps more interesting* 

Graphics 8/10: The graphics for this game are surprisingly good, al- 
though I found little difference between the low graphics settings and 
high graphics settings, apart from the muzzle 
Hash on weapons* The rag doll' effects when 
dying are great, although sometimes inaccu- 
rate* For example, where a soldier breaks all 
their bones and is thrown across a road after 
being shot in the head* The graphics are crisp, 
although not stunning, like other FPS games* 
Consider that War Rock is still in beta though 
and has a great development team behind it*** 

Sounds 6/10: This is one aspect of the game 
which is not so developed yet* Why weapon 
sounds and sound effects are decent enough, the 
Korean voiceover's are of below average quality* 
Hearing 'medic and the same voice over's repeat- 
ed over and over in a round is nearly enough to 
make any player mad* Although voiceover's were 
recently updated in a patch, and may change 
again before the final commercial release* 

Performance 8/10: The game does not need 
a decent computer to run* It will even run 
reasonably well on an old P3, all thanks to 
thejindo 3D engine, which supports play on 
older computers* Servers for the English War 
Rock are currently located in West USA, 
East USA, England, Germany and Spain* 
Lag is not an issue for me, even with slower 
internet, although a very small minority of 
players report problems with lag* 

Replay Value 10/10: Every game is different 
with every conflict being unpredictable* The 
simplicity of the game keeps one entertained 
for hours, although there's still plenty more 

for experienced players* Ranking and leveling up 
a big factor, with there currently being 100 pos- 
sible ranks, ranging from a Private Second Class 
to a General* To obtain better weapons, you have 
to play more, and the more you play, the harder 
it becomes to get enough Dinars for that desired 
weapon* To me. War Rock is a casual gamer's 
game, one that can just be picked up and played* 

Counter Strike has always been a favourite at a 
LAN party, although War Rock will be soon be 
ready to take over* War Rock is a great game for a 
LAN, with gameplay easy to master for first time 
players, and still fun for more skilled and existing 
players* Although clans and clan-wars are cur- 
rently disabled, they will be available for explosive 
action in the not too distant future* 

Overall War Rock is a neat game, considering its 
still in beta testing and is free to play* What it lacks 
in graphics, it makes up for in gameplay* This is 
defiantly one game I will be buying when released, 
just to see the new pay to play' features K2 net- 
work come up with* Its no surprise War Rock is 

often compared to as "the free Battlefield 2*" 

Overall 8.5/10 

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Pentium 3, 800 MHz 

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Windows ME, 2000 or XP* 

800 MB Storage 


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^ were lucky enough to catch up with Matt 
Norton, the producer of War Rock, who was 
more than happy to answer our questions* ♦ ♦ 

War Rock will be a free release - totally free* How do you feel you 
will become profitable with future releases and patches if you hand 
the game away for free? Why would someone purchase the commer- 
cial game over its free counterpart? 

War Rock will always be free to download and Free2Play™* Even after 
commercial release, players will be able to play for free, and rise to the 
highest ranks, without ever paying us a penny* 

We believe that if you enjoy the game and play it for ten, twenty, thirty 
hours a week (or more) that we can offer things that our players will find 
useful enough to pay fon 

In War Rock free players play alongside the Pre- 
mium players - there is no need to separate service 
for paying vs* non-paying players since both are 
equally competitive* 

During the course of the game players can earn 
in-game money (called Dinars) as a result of their 
victories, and even hard-fought defeats* Players 
can choose to spend their Dinar on things like ad- 
ditional weapons, the ability to carry a wider vari- 
ety of weapons onto the battlefield, healing packs, 
and the like* 

We will be selling additional Dinars to players if they would like to get 
a wider variety of game-enhancements than they could afford through 
their battlefield exploits alone* 

These packages of Dinar will include additional benefits like: the ability 
to create game-rooms with more customized features (game duration, 
game type, password restricted, etc*), first access to new maps, log-in 
preference on crowded servers, access to some Premium-only game- 
events, and an assortment of other features* 

Non-premium players will still be able to join any of the games and they 
will be able to create games with standard preferences* 

The important thing is that players will never be able to buy their way to 
the top ranks* No matter how much or how little a player spends, access 
to more advanced and specialized weapons and other gear will be restricted 
by character rank - with the higher ranking characters having access to 
the cooler military technology (much as in real-life, the more experienced 
troops tend to get some of the more specialized equipment)* 

How long was the development cycle for War Rock, and did you find 
any huge hurdles and challenges while designing the product? 

Dream Execution, Ltd*, is the South Korean-based developer of War 
Rock* It took over two years to create the Jindo engine underlying the 
War Rock game code and a year longer to create the game* War Rock 
has actually been in commercial release in South Korea for over a year 
now, with over 3-million registered users* 

Dream Execution has made special effort to make the game quick mov- 
ing and easy for even novice players to get involved in* An additional 
feature of War Rock is that the Jindo engine is extremely efficient* War 
Rock's minimum system requirements are only a PIII 800 MHz (or 
equivalent) and its recommended system spec is a PIV 2*0 GHz* 

While the game is extremely successful in South Korea, Western players have 
slightly different priorities and expectations than Korean players do, so we've 
spent most of our Beta-test time fine-tuning War Rock for Western players* 

Do you foresee any additional content being made 
available once War Rock ships a final commercial 
release? Will you develop a sequel or publish pur- 
chasable, downloadable content to your audience? 

Our schedule for War Rock includes monthly con- 
tent releases* This new content will be accessible 
by all players free of charge* 

In addition to the normal content releases, a couple 
of times a year we will be releasing larger packages 
of updates that will include more game modes, 
updates on the background story, as well as new 
maps, weapons, and vehicles* 

How do you see War Rock unique and different from other FPS? 

War Rock is different in a few key ways* First, at K2 Network we see 
online games not so much as a product industry (where you put a box 
on a shelf) but rather, as a service industry* As part of that belief, we feel 
that the game belongs to the players not us* 

Since we're already scheduled and set up to provide monthly releases 
of new content, it makes sense to allow the player-community to define 
that content by telling us what they want next* 

We read the forums and respond to users, but we also actively solicit in- 
formation on the game from our top players and clans* For example, we 
recently ran a poll so the players could tell us which weapon they wanted 
us to add to the game next* 

I think the most important and most exciting difference for War Rock as an 
FPS, is that we can create a game in which the content is very player driven* 

For example, some of our clans have set up races on one of the maps, us- 
ing 6-wheel trucks and motorcycles* We think that's a great idea and are 
planning to create some race maps to support that* 

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Other players came up with the idea to allow for Asymmetric combat* 
As you know, this refers to situations very much in the news today, in 
which you have a smaller group of well armed soldiers against a great 
number of opponents equipped only with AK'47s* It sounds like a great 
idea so we're slating it for production* 

Another popular request from our players is to allow character customization* 
We re currently working to let players show their clan symbols as unit-patches 
on their character uniforms, and even to enable clans to customize their uni- 
forms (with, say a red-beret for all of your clan members in the game)* 

We let the players decide the course of the game, and I think that's 
something very unique in online games* 

Will new content released after the commercial release be exclusively 
for players who purchase the commercial version? If so, do you think 
this will cause balance issues between players who bought the game 
and players who play for free? 

There will be no required purchase as part of the commercial release* 
When the game goes to commercial release that merely means that we 
will start allowing players to purchase some enhancements, but the 
framework of the game will not change* 

Have you found your open beta to be a success? Are gamers enthusi- 
astic about having access to a game in its early stages and feel "part" 
of the quality control for the product? 

Non-premium players will not be able to start a game with some of the 
new maps for the first 30-days after new assets 
are released* But they will be able to start normal 
games (with default settings) and they will be able 
to join games on new maps* 

The Beta test 
time has given 
us a real oppor- 

The Open Beta has been extremely successful for us in finding out more 
about what our players want as well as which 
areas we need to improve in* Additionally, we've 
been able to start establishing ties with clans and 
players across the US and EU* 

Other than that, all of the contents allowed by each 
player's rank will be available for purchase using in- ^ 

game money (Dinars) regardless of whether those XUHIX^^ X^) SIl^JW 
Dinars were earned in-game, purchased, or a com- 
bination of both* 

Do you have any game designers with prior military 
experience working on the game design and "real- 
ism" factors in the strategy and combat tactics? 

our players 
that we listen 
to them. 

We read and respond daily to bugs given to us on 
our forums, we allow our Beta players the ability to 
input bugs directly into our bug-tracking software 
via a web-interface, and we have in-game GMs* 

The emphasis in War Rock is on action and fun rather than realism for 
its own sake* 

Many of War Rock's developers at Dream Execution have served in the South 
Korean military and we blend that with the team's FPS game-experience* The 
result is a good blend of the real-feel with constant fast-paced action* 

At first, we weren't sure how useful GMs would be 
in a FPS game, but it turns out that's something 
that the players really like* Our GMs move from the 
lobby into the various game rooms, and are able to 
answer questions, verify cheating vs* skill, and to help run in-game events* 

Having GMs in-game has been so successful for us that we intend to enlarge 
the GM staff and make that a permanent part of War Rock's service* 

I think that the Beta test time has given us a real opportunity to show 
our players that we listen to them, we care, and most importantly we take 
action on their concerns and requests* As a developer, it feels very good 
to be able to respond to player's wishes* I'm very excited to see where our 
players will take War Rock in the coming months and years ahead* 

Do you consider War Rock the "World of Warcraft" of first 
person shooters? 

In any online game the online community formed by the players is a vital element* 
Some large, diverse, and dynamic communities have grown up around WoW 

Nurturing and supporting the War Rock game community so they feel 
a real attachment to their game is vitally important to us* In that sense, 
WoW and War Rock share some common goals* 

WoW is a very cohesive developer-vision of a fun game-world, and play- 
ers are invited to experience that vision* Where War Rock differs is that 
we would like to help our community to form War Rock into their vi- 
sion of the best FPS ever* 

The War Rock team looks forward to doing just that* 

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PopCap Games puts pride into each game 
they ship* PopCap has one goal: producing 
fun games that every single person can enjoy* 
They have no limit on age and prove beyond any 
doubt that casual gamers exist and those gamers 
love to play games* For anyone that has played a 
PopCap game knowingly or not they have found 
hours of entertainment and joy from such simple 
designs and cheap prices* There is no doubt in my 
mind that PopCap Games will grow as everyone be- 
comes drastically aware that each person has a little 
gamer inside themselves scratching to get out*** 

Your company history states that 
in 2002 the three founders John 
Vechey, Brian Fiete, and Jason 
Kapalka stopped working out of 
their house and started working 
in an office* This success story 
is interesting, can you expand 
on that? Were these visionaries 
working full time on PopCap web 
games? Were they living on Mac 
& Cheese while they struggled to 
make a name for themselves? 

Well, without going into all the 
gory details, suffice it to say we 
were scraping by in the early days, 
watching the bottom fall out of 
the online advertising market and asking ourselves "how can we make a 
living with games that people have always been able to play for free if at 
this point advertisers won't take a chance on the Web and foot the bill 
for this user experience?" We decide to try selling a somewhat enhanced 
version of Bejeweled, then known as Diamond Mine* No one else in the 
industry thought this was a good idea, and they had history on their side; 
how do you get consumers to PAY for something that they've tradition- 
ally gotten for free and can still get 80% of for free online? But we really 
didn't have much choice if we wanted to stay in the casual games space 
so we said "what the hell, let's give it a shot/' Brian built a little app that 
produced a "cha-chingl" cash register sound each time someone actually 
uploaded their credit card info and purchased the game* At first it was 
really cool hearing that "cha-ching" every hour or so*** when it started 
going off every 15 minutes, we thought "maybe we're on to something 
here*" Then when it got to be every two minutes, every minute, etc*, we 
turned the damned thing off cause it was driving us nutsl" Yes, we were 
at that point working on PopCap titles full-time and yes, some quanti- 
ties of Mac & Cheese were consumed in those days*** now we can afford 
Mac & Cheese AND the occasional bottle of water - life is good! 

What is the PopCap office like? Do people wear T-Shirts and Shorts 
or business casual? 

PopCap's offices are for the most part pretty informal in most respects* 
We do insist that employees wear clothes, but beyond that we're not 
too picky* Name-calling, pulling hair and putting tacks on the CEO's 
chair are frowned upon* The company's headquarters in Seattle are lo- 
cated downtown in a spiffy high-rise, and our conference rooms over- 
look the Space Needle and much of the rest of the city* The office is 
a semi-circular space with lots of cubicles centered around a spacious 
inner room that is set up like someone's dream "rec room," with a big- 
screen TV and various video game consoles, as well as couches, bean 
bag chairs, foosball table, and several arcade cabinets equipped with 
virtually every video game from the late '70s to the '90s* 

You started with all web 
based games, and have moved 
into packaged downloadable 
games* You even have some 
of them on Xbox Live Arcade 
now* What made you decid- 
ed that full blown "deluxe" 
download games were the 
next progressive step? 

We were more or less 'forced' to 
come up with the "try-before- 
you-buy" deluxe game down- 
loadable sales model when the 
bottom fell out of the Web 
advertising business in 2000- 
2001* We couldn't survive on 
the meager ad revenues available via people playing our games free 
online, so we thought 'maybe people will PAY for a deluxe version 
of a game like Bejeweled, with better graphics, more levels, and 
some bells and whistles* Brian Fiete built a little app that made a 
'cha-ching' cash register sound every time someone entered their 
credit card number and bought one of our games*** it was very cool 
to hear that sound, at first every hour or two, then every 30, 20 
minutes* When the 'cha-ching' began sounding every minute or so, 
we turned it off 'cause it got annoying* But that's when we knew we 
were on to something! 

Our games are now also sold at retail outlets like Wal-Mart, Tar- 
get, BestBuy, etc* as shrink-wrapped boxed editions, as well as via 
Web download (still the bulk of our sales)* Many of our top games 
are also available on mobile phones and PDAs, in-flight on sev- 
eral airlines, in-demand TV in thousands of hotels, and on video 
game consoles* Heck, there are even scratch-off lottery tickets 
sporting the Bejeweled, Chuzzle, Bookworm and other PopCap 
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PopCaps flagship game, Bejeweled, was an instant success* 
What was it about this game that was popular to so many people? 

We're still not sure, after selling 5 million copies on the Web and see- 
ing Bejeweled installed on 50 million cell phones in N* America alone 
over the past couple of yearsi Essentially, it boils down to simple yet 
challenging and rewarding game play, solid graphics and a fundamen- 
tally fun core activity: matching three like objects through specific 
controls/movements, with some interesting obstacles and bonuses 
appearing over time* We knew this game was pretty good when we 
sat a couple of our moms down to play the prototype and they were 
still playing an hour later when we came backl We never anticipated it 
would become the biggest casual game in the 21st century so far! 

What is your most popular game to date? I've heard a great deal 
about Bejeweled 2* 

Well, Bejeweled and Bejeweled 2 are our 'flagship franchise title and our most 

popular game(s) so fan But others like Zuma, Bookworm and Chuzde have 

been huge hits too* The Bejeweled 'franchise - Bejeweled and its successor 

Bejeweled 2 - have collectively sold well over 5 million units and the mobile 

version of the game has been installed on more than 

50 million cell phones in N* America alone over the 

past couple of years* We estimate that the Bejeweled 

franchise has consumed roughly 2 billion hours of 

consumers' leisure time since 2001 - not bad for a 

game you can learn in about 30 secondsl Add to this 

Computer Gaming World Magazine's induction of 

Bejeweled into its Hall of Fame last year - the first 

puzde game to be inducted since Tetris 19 years ago 

- and we're pretty proud of that one! 



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Your site says that PopCap has 66 employees* Are 
all these folks working on arcade games? How 
many games do you work on simultaneously? 

Actually, PopCap now has 75 employees, most 
of them situated here in Seattle but some in our 
new San Francisco studio and our recently opened 
international offices in Dublin Ireland*** who's re- 
sponsible for updating the damned website? Oh, 
wait - I ami Well, we'll get that figure updated 
shortly* Not all of these people work on building 
games, of course - someone has to sweep the he- 
licopter pad and feed the monitor lizard* Roughly 

We were more 
or less 'forced' 
to come up with 
the "try-before- 
you-buy" deluxe 
game download- 
able sales model 
when the bottom 
fell out of the 
Web advertising 
business in 

two thirds of our workers are involved in some aspect of game design/ 
development, with the rest handling marketing, 
sales, and other areas* We generally have half a 
dozen or more games in the pipeline at any given 
time, and try to publish at least four or five each 
year - although those numbers continue to grow 
as we expand our operations and increase our 

Does PopCap work a standard set of hours or do 
the developers tend to work late into the night? 

We don't have standard hours, a dress code 
or many of the other trappings of "real" cor- 
porations* Heck, we left the corporate world 
to avoid that stuff! On the other hand we do 
work hard and sometimes the artists and cod- 
ers burn the midnight oil - but not because 
they're "on deadline" - we have no deadlines, 
really, we just ship a game when it's ready* 
This philosophy has served us well so far and 
we have no plans to change it* It really doesn't 
make sense to drive employees toward some 
made-up finish line, only to have the game be 
less than it can be and the employees be burned 
out* Maybe if you're a public company you have to do some of that 
stuff to keep the shareholders happy and meet quarterly financial 
goals, but we plan to avoid this mentality like the plague for as long 
as we possible can - hopefully foreverl 

You develop games internally, but have also published a few games for oth- 
er developers* What criteria do you have for publishing external games? 

We look for games with great fundamental gameplay - just as we do 
with our internally-developed games* We certainly help "polish" 3rd- 
party titles when necessary, but basically it's all about the core game and 
how much fun it is, how novel and different it is, and whether it's com- 
plimentary to our existing lineup of games* 

PopCap encourages independent game developers including hand- 
ing out your own developer framework to others* How do you see 
independent game developers fitting into the gaming market? It 
seems that all big companies started out as small independent 
companies with a dream* 

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We still think of ourselves as indy game developers, and some of 
the brain cells from our early days are still functional, so we can 
relate to the small indy team working in an attic apartment or 
as a virtual team spread across the country 
or the world* The indy developers are key 
to keep the casual games sector vibrant and 
innovative; they're the ones who really have 
the ability - and often, the desperation - to 
think way outside the box and come up with 
something very different* They have no one 
lurking over their shoulder saying "that's in- 
teresting but unproven; let's go with some- 
thing more conservative but a bit more tried 
and true that will definitely earn a return on 
the investment/' So indy developers are still » 
very much the lifeblood of this part of the 
games business in our opinion and we want 
to help support them wherever possible* 

Based on your customer breakdown you have 
a 72% female gamer base* What do you think 
draws female gamers to your games? 

We honestly don't have a definitive answer 
here* Our assumption is that women like to 
play games, including Videogames,' as much 
as men* It's just that traditionally, videogames 
have been made with the young male audience 
in mind* This dates back to the days of big 
arcades and the first console systems* (Al- 
though the VERY earliest arcade hits, like PONG, Donkey Kong, 
Centipede, Pac-Man etc* had very broad appeal*) Women were 
never really a clear target for computer game developers and when 
those developers DID try to make a game for girls' it was generally 
panned by critics and consumers alike - no one likes to be pan- 
dered to*** But if you build games with truly broad appeal, women 
will play them, and since we at PopCap strive to make games with 
the broadest possible appeal, it makes sense that women would 
gravitate toward these games* Further, since the majority of com- 
puter/videogames still target young male consumers, casual games 
like ours are in some ways 'the only game(s) in town for female 
consumers* I don't think we'll ever try to make a game specifically 
for women, though - not only is that difficult to do, it's never really 
worked in the past and it's not really necessary* Just make solid, 
high-quality games with everyone as your target audience, and 
women will definitely be a big part of the customer base* 

90% of your customers are over the age of twenty-five* What do you 
think draws the 25 and older crowd to your games? Is it the simplic- 
ity, the retro arcade-feel, or do older gamers just like to have fun? 

Good question* Basically, when you make games that don't focus on vio- 
lence and don't have the goal of getting your adrenaline pumping like 
you've just run a 5k race, you end up with games that appeal to the hu- 
man brain at a fundamental level* And that in turn makes them appeal- 
ing to just about everyone* Furthermore, because the casual games we 
make lend themselves to short sessions of playing and don't require you 
to read a 50-page manual before you can start playing, adults tend to 
gravitate to our games* Some play the games as a form of mental break' 
- playing for 15 minutes at their desk during lunch; some play for social 
reasons (competing with friends to get the highest score in Bookworm 
or Bejeweled 2, etc*)* Others play for the sheer fun of it, and games that 
can be started and stopped at any time lend themselves to the smaller 
periods of time in which adults can still have fun***how often does the 
average adult really have an opportunity to play a game for three hours? 
Having said all that, we DO have many fans in the under-25 crowd*** 
games like Insaniquarium, Feeding Frenzy, Heavy Weapon, etc* have 
strong foUowings of younger players* 

Essentially, [Bejeweled's popularity] 
boils down to simple yet challeng- 
ing and rewarding qame play, solid 
graphics and a fundlamentally fun core 
activity: matching three like objects 
through specific controls/movements, 
with some interesting obstacles and 
bonuses appearing over time. 

You're site allows gamers to try before they 
buy* Every game has this nice feature; do you 
know how many gamers try your demo's be- 
fore they buy it? I almost cried in the middle of 
Bookworm when it shutdown because I played 
for my hour demo - it was just that addictive* 
Luckily, once I had a registered copy it remem- 
bered where I let off* 

Well, we know that more than 175 million cop- 
ies of the deluxe versions of our games have been 
downloaded in the past six years* And while the 
percentage of those downloads that turn into ac- 
tual sales is relatively small, our games are also 
available at retail, so many people who try the 
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like CostCo, Target, etc* This 'try-before-you-buy' sales model is great 
because it means that we have virtually NO dissatisfied customers - if 
you're able to play a game in all its deluxe glory for an hour (usually after 
playing the free basic version for awhile on the Web first), you have a 
far better idea how much that game really appeals to you than if you're 
purchasing a typical 'hardcore' game at a store based on the packaging, 
and ad or two, and maybe a review* And let's face it, we HAVE to give 
people a 'taste' of the games before expecting them to buy - we don't 
have the huge marketing budgets, over-the-top graphics and animations, 
and movie/TV show/comic book tie-ins that help sell 'hardcore' games* 

You categorize your games into Puzzle Games, Arcade games, Word 
Games, and Card Games* Which category has been the most successful? 

The pu%de game genre has been most successful for Popcap so far, but that's 
partly because we've made more puzzle games than other kinds* We also 
strive to break down those category 'barriers' in new games, because let's 
face it, you can only play so many 'match-three' games before that particu- 
lar type of game becomes old hat* (That said, we also work hard to 'extend' 
existing gameplay models with all sorts of twists and tweaks, and you'll see 
that reflected in some future games*) We've got some games in the pipeline 
right now that definitely can't be comfortably put into any of the categories 
you cite above - what are they? We dunno - but they're fun as hell and 
totally addictive and we expect them to help push the boundaries of 
so-called 'casual games' in new directions* 

Let's talk about Zuma for a second* This game is 
massively addicting and seems to be successful on 
Xbox 360 Marketplace* It's available on mobile 
phones too? What type of phone do I need to 
play Zuma mobile? 

Zuma can get extremely difficult in the later levels; do you have any 
PopCap employees that have defeated this game? It seems to take 
many hours to do so* 

Yes, part of the challenge with Zuma is that when you fail to complete 
the last round of a given level, you must start that whole level over*** 
this does cause some frustration for some players, but it also means the 
game provides a challenge for a longer period of time for most people* 
Sure, many of our employees have finished the game, but they had to 
work overtime to do it* And we've certainly heard from some customers 
who've completed the whole game - though some of them had to cheat 
to do iti Naughty, naughty***! 

It might be easier to list the phones that Zuma is NOT available for 
Thanks to our partnerships with Glu, Jamdat, Astraware and other mo- 
bile content providers, Zuma is literally available for hundreds, perhaps 
thousands, of different phones, not to mention PocketPCs and PDAs* 
Phones that are more than a couple of years old may not support the 
game, but beyond that just about any phone can play the game* And like 
Bejeweled, Zuma is pretty ideal for mobile play in almost every respect: 
you can play it for 5 minutes or an hour, depending on how much time 
you have while waiting at the airport, in line at the grocery store, at the 
dentist's office, etc*; the controls and rules are straightforward enough 
that you can be enjoying it within a minute of downloading it; the 
graphics/UI is simple enough that a large screen is not necessary; and 
the broad appeal of the games combined with the fact that just about 
everyone has a mobile phone has resulted in these games being big hits 
on the mobile platform* 

Oh, definitely* The success of our initial offer- 
ings for Xbox Live Arcade (Bejeweled 2, Zuma, 
Feeding Frenzy and Astropop) has encouraged us to 
port more games to that platform* A very cool version of 
Heavy Weapon, complete with all-new multiplayer modes, 
is in development right now and will ship later this year* We can't 
disclose any other plans at the moment but it's safe to say that we 
'get' the Xbox and look forward to seeing more PopCap games on 
that platform in future* 

How do you guys spread the word of PopCap games? You pub- 
lish your own products and I've not seen PopCap on shelves at 
EB or BestBuy* 

Well look harder, dammit! Haifa dozen of our biggest hits are avail- 
able as shrink-wrapped, boxed editions at BestBuy, CostCo, Target, 
Wal-Mart, CompUSA and other retail chains* If your local retailer 
doesn't carry them, complain to the manager (but for god's sake don't 
tell them we told you to!) *The boxed edition o^Chuzzle even comes 
with a plush Chuzzle doll :) As for how we spread the word, that's 
done through positive press and reviews, as well as tons of word-of- 
mouth* When one soccer mom sees another having fun on her laptop 
or mobile phone, they want to know what it is that's taking the player 
to such an enjoyable mental place while everyone else is twiddling 
their thumbs* So the 'pass-along' phenomenon is definitely a big 
part of our success, and we have many stories of people getting their 
bosses, their spouses, their psychiatrists or even their entire families 
hooked on our games* 

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It seems that many retail outlets only cater to large publishers like 
Electronic Arts, Activision, UbiSoft, Sega, and other popular com- 
panies* Is there no shelf room for Independent game companies or 
do Indies just not have the cash to produce boxed games? 

This has been true historically but is changing. As retailers wake up to the 
fact that nearly ^everyone* who comes into a Wal-Mart is a potential buyer 
of a broadly appealing computer/videogame, they will increasingly stock 
games like ours* That, and the fact that casual games sell for less than half 
of the typical hard-core game makes casual games a great 'impulse buy that 
retailers love* Its already happening, and will happen more in future! 

Console makers are now 
aware that their original 
audience is aging and they 
need to find ways to reach 
a broader audience, 
including older gamers 
and women. 

PopCap recognizes the "casual gamer," but how do you define the 
habits of a casual gamer? 

We're actually conducting a survey next month to attempt to define 
some of this* Basically, a typical casual gamer is a 40-something woman 
seeking a form of leisure-time entertainment that's more engaging than 
TV, more fun that reading a newspaper, and can be available when the 
mood strikes for 15 minutes of fun* As to exactly how customers view 
the playing of our games versus other activities in their lives, that will 
hopefully be among the answers we glean from the survey - stay tunedl 

There are many people out there that would be great "casual gamers" but 
have not found their games yet* Is there any good strategy to get new 
people involved in gaming so that they too can enjoy gaming casually? 

Well, our strategy is to try to raise awareness of casual games in general 
- through stories in newspapers, magazines, on TV and radio, and of 
course on the Web* We haven't done much advertising in the past, but 
are starting to do more, and that will also make more people aware of 
the games* Combine that with the fact that people LIKE to share their 
discovery of casual games with others, and we're starting to see a real 

groundswell of consumers playing casual games* Depending on which 
research numbers you believe, there are now between 150 million and 
300 million people playing casual games on a regular basis - not bad for 
a 'little-known leisure-time activity' 

I am sure you have heard of the Wii and how they are targeting new gamers 
and creating a more casual gaming environment* What are your thoughts 
on their goal to bring in new gamers? Do you see this as a successful maneu- 
ver or should console companies just focus on the die hard gamers? 

Console makers are now aware that their original audience is aging 
and they need to find ways to reach a broader audience, including older 
gamers and women* There's no reason why these other parts of the over- 
all consumer base couldn't be enticed to purchase a videogame console 
- if the right games were presented to them* Whether those casual 
gamers' can eventually be "upsold" to more hardcore titles remains to 
be seen, but even if they can't, this broader audience is so much bigger 
than the 12-28 year old male consumer base that you can make money 
this way even if it's $5 or $10 at a time* Many gamers would love to say 
"I build games for a living" - Do you have any inspiring thoughts for 
gamers that want to move into the game development industry? 

Well, it's simplistic and somewhat hackneyed, but the key is "do what 
you love*" We've seen a fair number of artists and developers from the 
hardcore side of the business migrate to the casual games space with 
an attitude of "well, this isn't my cup of tea, but it's where the money is 
at the moment, so what the hell*" That's no way to make a living - or 
have a life! To make great casual games you need to play and enjoy 
them, otherwise you're just guessing at what people will like or mim- 
icking what's already out there - and that's no fun and not the way to 
be successful, ultimately* 


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Real Nanrie: Jimmy^JimorJimbo 
Gamer Tag: JOllyROger (Leet spelling) 
Location: Atlanta, GA. 
Age: 32 
Status: Married 
Children: 3 
Occupation: Help Desk 


Sweet Tea not that unsweetened garbage you geographically misplaced 
people drinL 


Mexican (Food or people) 




Don't really have one* Old cartoons (60's, 70's SC 80's) 


Pirates of the Caribbean 


Barry Manilow, c'mon folks he writes the songs* ♦>♦ 


Well, I had posted a message on Bungie^net back at the end of April 
2005, talking about how much I hated the snot-nosed brats (pre-Timmy 
label) I would game with in MM* I believe it was Mikejames that re- 
plied, letting me know that there was a place I could game with people 
more my age and not have to worry about the little ones bothering me* 
Been a member since May 4th, 2005* wOOt!! 


First invest, then spend* 


It was COD2, but the 2old2con LAN party in Chicago and lure of 
Halo 2 has drawn me back* 


Maybe a Wii* Honestly, I would like to get a DS Lite, especially for 
the new SMB game* 


Duke Nukem* I could care less who, or what, it is* If it moves, it's gonna 
die and I shall feel no remorse for it* 


Ummmm****** no* Does Blazing Angels count? It's third person* I will 
say this for the entire community; I am ashamed that I have NEVER 
played an RPG* There I said it* LOL 


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Easy answer for me personally. ♦> Bungie. I had no desire what-so-ever 
to get a next generation console* After being given an Xbox and Halo, I 
haven't looked back. 


Ok, this is a long story. It has nothing to do with pirates. I am a huge 
history nut, especially WWII. First up, my Halo avatar. The emblem 
matches the tattoo I have on my right arm. It is what my grandpa's patch 
looked like. He was a nosegunner in a B-24 bomber, named Big Chief 
(pilot was an American Indian and his name: Leaford Bearskin he is 
now Chief of the Wyandot tribe in OK), in the Pacific in WWII. He 
was part of the 5th Air Force, 321st Bomb Squadron, 90th Bomb Group 
called the Jolly Rogers. A lot of thought and preparation went into get- 
ting it because I wanted it to be special. He is my hero and has some 
awesome war stories. THAT is where JoUyRoger came from, not some 
cool pirate story. 


It totally rocked. Thanks goes out to 01dManRiver48 for hooking me 
up. It was just a great time to hang out with people I have gamed with for 
over a year, finally putting faces with the voices. Cool family to be a part 
of. All around it was most excellent. Looking forward to next year. 


Contra (Non-XBLA), Duke Nukem - you gotta have Duke on the 360. 


Wow, where to start here. When I first started posting about my 
daughter, Megan, I honestly did not expect the response that I re- 
ceived. It was truly overwhelming. People I had never heard of, or 
even gamed with sent me PM's with their well wishes. Phone calls 
from XSSmoke, Rashanii and Teufelhunden were wonderful to get, 
while in the hospital. The site really showed out during that time and 
actually still does today. I constantly get message in chat, or on the 
site asking how Megan is doing. For that, the site and its people will 
always have a place in my heart and will always have my respect. 


In one word, yes. 


Watch what you say. Think before you speak. And always remember, 
there is ALWAYS someone better than you. 

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By Edd9139 

Will Wright is a pioneer in gaming and the gam- 
ing industry for the past 20 years* Wright was 
born in 1960 in Atlanta;, Georgia;, and gradu- 
ated from high school at the age of 16* After high school;, 
Wright continued to further his education at Louisiana 
State University, Louisiana Tech;, and New School Uni- 
versity, where for five years he studied architecture, me- 
chanical engineering, and aviation* What did this future 
pioneer get after five years at three institutions of higher 
learning? No degree, although five years of experience 
which would be crucial later* 

At age 20, Wright became heavily involved in gaming and became addicted 
to computer games* Later that year, he taught himself how to program on his 
Apple IL In 1984, the then unknown Will Wright released his first game, 
Raid On Bungeling Bay, published by Broderbund for the Commodore 64* 
Raid On Bungling Bay was a scrolling shooting game* While developing 
Raid On Bungling Bay, Wright discovered placing roads and populating the 
map using his building utility for the game was fun in itselE 

Hence, Wright began to expand on his roads and buildings utility and 
transformed it into a unique game of its own* Sim City, as it would become 
known, was an entirely unique simulation game unlike no game before it* 
After developing the game solely for a year, Wright started to look for a 
publisher* No publisher would accept the game due to its unheard of and 
unproven concept — a decision some still likely regret today* Even Broder- 
bund didn't want Wright's latest game and believed that "without clear 
winners and losers, the idea would be a commercial flop*" With no pub- 
lisher, the game was left unreleased for four years* Finally, Wright created 
Sim City on the Commodore 64 in 1985 on his own without a publisher* 
With no publisher, the game was left unfinished for years*, but sold only 
a few copies* However, all would soon realize Broderbund could not have 
been further from the truth with Sim City. 

In 1987, Wright was, still unable to find a publisher for Sim City and, teamed 
up with Jeff Braun, a businessman who wanted to enter the gaming market* 
Together they formed Maxis; Wright and their small team of developers 
started to work on improving Sim City, readying it for release* Finally, in 1989, 
the idea with which Wright had been spinning in his head and slowly making 


headway on since 1984 was released* 
Sim City became a best-seller video 
game by the end of the year, and was 
even distributed to over 5,000 pub- 
lic schools to teach children about 
the infrastructure of cities* 

Wright soon began co-designing Sim Earth: The Living Planet with Fred 
Haslem* The game was released through Maxis in 1990 and at the time was 
considered to have unlimited potential, although sales were not as high as 
that of Sim City. At this stage of his csLvetv, Wright was also working on a 
new game with Justin McCormick, Sim Ant: The Electronic Ant Colony. It 
was released shortly after Sim Earth in 1991* It never gained much popu- 
larity at that time, but is considered today to be one of Will Wright's best 
games to date by game critics* 

Sim Life, released by Maxis in 1992, was the next major game to add to 
Wright's resume* The game was often referred to as "The Genetic Play- 
ground," in which players had the ability to modify the genetics and DNA of 
species in order to alter the outcome of the planet* Sim Life was certainly ahead 
of its time and never really got the praise it deserved* 

A Train, a train simulation by Japanese company Artdink, was released 
by Maxis in the USA in 1993* Also out in 1993 was SimFarm, which 
you either loved or loathed* There is only one word capable of describing 
Sim Farm: "Classic*" 

Ever since Raid On Bungeling Bay and then Sim City, Wright had been 
fascinated by architecture and the construction of dwellings* His latest 
project at that time had the working titles of Dollhouse and Home Tactics: 
The Experimental Domestic Simulator. It was 1993 when Wright started to 
become serious about an architecture simulation and developed a playable 
game* Although being the pioneer Wright has always been, he decided 
to take the game one step further* The aim of the game was to create an 
architecturally good house however; he had no way to score players* That 
is where little sims' entered the architecture game* The characters would 
live in the house and evaluate the quality of the dwelling* This small addi- 
tion changed the game and Will Wright's career drastically* 




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been pushing* Sim City 3000 was released in Ql, 1999 after Bradshaw had 
been assisting the development of the game for more than a yean 

While Bradshaw was working on Sim City 3000, Wright was still busy 
at work working with a single programmer, Jamie Doornbos, on creating 
the engine on which Dollhouse (later renamed to The Sims) was based* By 
1998, the team working on Dollhouse had grown to about 12 programmers 
and graphic artists* Finally, EA Games saw Wright's vision of the game, 
and Wright had a full team and all the resources he needed* The Sims was 
already highly anticipated when it was released in February, 2000* With 
many Sim City fans eager to get their hands on Wright's latest creative game. 
The Sims went on to become one of the best selling PC games ever* 

After The Sims release, the community following grew quickly and the 
Sims team expanded to nearly 400 staff* Wright began work on an ex- 
pansion pack for The Sims titled The Sims: Livin Large. He slowly had 
less involvement in expansion packs for The Sims and began work on The 
Sims Online making it playable online with other players* 

Wright began developing small sims to live in the 
game, and in doing so, created interactions for the 
sims, such as having a shower or cooking a meal* 
Gradually, the focal point of the game shifted from an 
architecture and building sim to a full blown life sim- 
ulator* Interestingly enough, Maxis executives failed 
to see Wright's vision and the project was shelved* 

With a Sim City sequel desired by many and Wright 
wanting no part of it, Fred Haslem set to work on Sim 
City 2000, when Wright wanted no part of it* How- 
ever good a designer Fred Haslem was, it was decided 
during development that the game wasn't working 
out* That is when Wright was called back in and 
spent the next year working on Sim City 2000. Sim 
City 2000 was released in Ql, 1994* 

Maxis had great success with Sim City and its spin- 
off Sim City 2000 but unfortunately, they were 
quickly losing money and slowly coming to face the 
inevitable* Maxis executives wished for Wright and 
his team to produce four games by the end of 1996, 
a feat which many considered impossible including 
Wright* Wright was then working on his latest sim, 
SimCopter, where you would pilot various helicopters and complete rescue 
missions, etc* By the end of 1996, Maxis did manage to rush out SimCopter, 
SimPark, Full TiltPinhall, and Sim Tunes. Although Wright and his team met 
the deadlines, he was not a very happy game developer; "To start off with, I 
didn't even have the resources I needed to do SimCopterl" The company had 
spread what limited resources they had across the four "must-launch" games* 
SimCopter was a popular game that season even though it was riddled with 
bugs and did not enthrall many players* 

After pressure from Maxis executives to rush out yet another sequel, 
Wright and his team of developers immediately started to work on 
another Sim City iteration, Sim City 3000. Wright spent the next year 
working on Sim City 3000, although he was unhappy with it, and quot- 
ed, "my stress level was increasing exponentially*" 

Maxis reported losses of $1*7 million in 1996, and in 1997 was acquired 
by EA Games for $125 million* EA Games moved Luc Barthalet to Maxis 
with the task of turning the company around* After seeing Sim City 3000, 
he was shocked and quickly brought in another EA designer, Lucy Brad- 
shaw (who still works with Will Wright today) to help improve the game* 
Bradshaw decided to strip the game back to Sim City 2000's roots and ex- 
pand on that, obliterating the 3D aspect Maxis executives had previously 

Will Wright is 
not only a pio- 
neer but also 
an inspiration. 
From University 
dropout to one 
of the qreatest 
game designers 
in the industry, 
dveryone can 
learn from 
Will Wright. 

In 2001, Will Wright was awarded a Lifetime 
Achievement Award at the Game Developers Choice 
Awards* After a year-and-a-half. The Sims Online was 
released and regrettably failed to be as successful as 
The Sims franchise* In total, seven expansion packs 
were released for The Sims. Wright only had a large 
involvement in Livin Large. He advised on The Sims: 
House Party, Hot Date, Vacation, Unleashed, Super- 
star and Makin Magic expansion packs* 

The Sims had been a huge success for Maxis/EA 
games, and Wright was eager to do a sequel to The 
Sims, and in September, 2004, The Sims 2 was re- 
leased on PC, although this time, Wright and Lucy 
Bradshaw (who is still with The Sims 2 today) had 
a team of nearly 400 programmers, animators, tex- 
ture artists, meshers, songwriters and testers* The 
Sims 2 was another huge success, and like The Sims, 
it is sure to have a long life ahead of it* The Sims 2: 
University, Nightlife and Open For Business expan- 
sion packs have already been released, although 
without Wright's direct involvement* 

What could Wright be working on which is more of 
a challenge than The Sims series? The game which has been quoted as superior 
to The Sims series: Spore. Spore will give the player the ability to simulate life 
which evolves over time from microscopic cells to sentient beings capable of 
creating their own society with every 
game vastly different* It's expected the 
work of the genius will be released in 
the second half of 2007* 

Will Wright is not only a pioneer but 
also an inspiration* From University 
dropout to one of the greatest game 
designers in the industry, everyone 
can learn from Will Wright* Everyone 
young or old can grasp the wise words 
of Wright, "I think by exploring the 
bad side you're really just mapping the 
envelope of the system* * * you're getting 
a sense of how far off you can go*" 



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By Tank 2old2play 



There are few people in the game industry who 
have been around as long as or had the same 
impact as Richard Garriott, aka Lord British* 
Through his revolutionary games, he has gained fame 
and fortune that other developers can only dream o£ 

That fortune has allowed him to have many eccentric hobbies and 
collectables. For example, he owns the very first moon buggy and 
has taken trips to Antarctica. Perhaps his biggest eccentric posses- 
sion is a throwback to his alter ego Lord British. In the late 90s, he 
bought a 25,000 sq ft. estate on top of a hill and built his own castle 
complete with moat, underground passages and a dungeon. 

His Lord British alter ego has its roots in the cruel high school days 
where kids made fun of you and came up with ridiculous nicknames. 
Kids thought he had a British accent, so the kids started calling him 
Lord British. Although he was born in Cambridge, England, he was 
raised in League City, Texas. 

Back in 1979 when Garriott was 19, he started working on 
his now-famous game called Alkabeth. It was a pet proj- 
ect he worked on during the summer after Senior year of 
High School. He was an employee of ComputerLand at the 
time and the owner of his store convinced him to publish 
the game himself So Richard went out and bought 200 
zip-lock bags and had 200 cover sheets and 200 manu- 
als printed up. At the time though, floppy disks were so 
expensive he only made 16 disks to start with and he sold 
15 of them. One of those 15 discs found its way to Cali- 
fornia Pacific who purchased the rights to Alkabeth and 
published it, selling 30,000 units. 

Happy with the Alkabeth success, Garriott went to work on 
a follow up game called Ultima 1. This game shared the dun- 
geon code form Alkabeth and had bit mapped graphics for 
the outdoor environment. This was published in 1980. 

The Ultima series was gaining a lot of attention, enough that 
Sierra was interested in publishing the next installment. There- 
fore, in 1982 Sierra published Ultima 2. The partnership wasn't 
a good one for Garriott though. He ended it and founded Origin 
Systems with his brother Robert in Austin, Texas. A year later. 
Origin Systems published its first game. Ultima III 

The first three Ultima games were building blocks for Garriott. He was 
teaching himself how to program and testing out what did and didn't 
work in a game. These first three releases were a mix of fantasy, sci-fi 
and whatever else was 'hot' during the time period. For example: the 
time travel focus of Ultima III was influenced by the hit Time Bandits 
movie. So, after the launch of Ultima III, Garriott wanted to re-invent 
Ultima and what an RPG could be as he began work on Ultima IV. 

In 1985, Ultima IV introduced the now legendary Avatar character 
and the eight virtues. This was the game that broke the RPG mold 
and introduced things that would be copied in RPGs to this day. This 
game also had a full feature NPC conversation engine for character 
interaction. Garriott wanted the NPCs to be as life-like as possible; 
this would continue to evolve as future games developed. This was 
the first RPG to break the typical "build your stats up to beat the 
main guy" model. In this game your goal was to become the Avatar 
through following and practicing the eight virtues. Your bad actions 
that didn't matter in other RPG's would have consequences in Ul- 
tima IV The game also kept traditional RPG elements such as dun- 
geon crawling, monsters to kill, in-depth story lines and a core quest 
to complete to finish the game. These are themes that would carry 
through all of the subsequent Ultima games. 

Brittania, now with a cohesive society with morals and a role model 
hero would now focus on struggles of the land to live up to and ma- 
nipulate the virtues. Ultima F showed how the virtues could be cor- 
rupted by an unscrupulous ruler in an inflexible society. Ultima VI 

showcased prejudice brought 
on by not understanding 
other cultures. By Ultima 
VII, the society that made up 
Brittania had taken up a life 
of its own as NPCs struggled 
to balance the virtues with 
their goals and own vulner- 
abilities. Ultima VII was the 
last Ultima game published 
by Origin Systems as an in- 
dependent entity. 

In 1992, Richard Garriott 
sold Origin Systems to Elec- 
tronic Arts. EA invests in 
companies to help increase 
the level of creativity in 
games released under its 
brand. Richard Garriott still 
remained on board Origin 
Systems, creating his vision 
of what RPG's should be. 
Ultima VIII, the first Ultima 
title published under EA's influence, was a mess. It was more action 
oriented than RPG, was full of bugs and became known by its fans 
as 'jump and run' Ultima. 

As realistic as Garriott had taken Brittania's NPCs, they still weren't 
real people, they were just conditional programming. So Origin began 
working on Brittania to be inhabited by real people and in 1997 Origin 
created the modern day MMORPG by releasing Ultima Online into the 



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wild. Since Ultima Online was a new breed of game, again Garriott was 
learning through doing. The original beta test of UO ran on one server 
which very quickly crashed when 50,000 beta testers tried to log on and 
play. While this showed how badly they calculated demand and load, it 
did justify that the online RPG idea had a lot 
of interest to the Ultima fans. With EA breath- 
ing down their necks and watching everything 
through a magnifying glass,the talented peo- 
ple at Origin Systems fixed UO post-release 
and grew it into a huge success. 

With the problems of Ultima Online's initial 
release and a very long development cycle of 
Ultima: Ascension, the relationship between 
Garriott an EA became strained. The last 
chapter in the Ultima series. Ultima: Ascen- 
sion was forced out the door by EA way be- 
fore it was ready ~ much to the dismay of the 
loyal fan base that had eagerly been waiting 
for five years. The game was full of problems and bugs. This was 
the last straw for Garriott, who left Origin Systems/EA in 2000 along 
with his brother. 

During his one year non-compete contract, Garriott and his broth- 
er started brainstorming about opening their own game company 
again. EA, also watching the calendar, laid off almost everyone at 
Origin systems one year and one day after Garriott's departure. All 
of Origin's projects were cancelled and the company was moved 
out of Texas. The only Origin game left standing was Ultima On- 
line, which to this day is still EAs best selling MMORPG. In April 
2001, Garriott made a return to the industry when he and his brother 
formed Destination Games. Their initial investment of $2,000,000 
to start Destination Games was to see them through the first couple 
years of startup. However when EA laid off all talent Garriott had 
initially put there, he wanted to hire them all back for Destination 
Games. The Garriott brothers quickly decided they needed to ac- 
celerate their plans to bring in money. 

This is where NCSoft entered the picture. NCSoft (a Korean com- 
pany) released a MMORPG called Lineage not too long after UO. 
The game had four million subscribers, mostly in Asia. In con- 
trast, UO and EverQuest had 220,000, and 400,000 subscribers, 
respectively. Here in the US noone had heard of NCSoft nor the 
hugely successful Lineage MMORPG. NCSoft had been trying to 
get US gaming magazines to review Lineage but there was no in- 
terest. So, having heard about the Origin/EA Richard Garriott split 
and their new Destination Games startup, NCSoft gave Garriott a 

call. Through discussions they found each of their companies to be 
a compliment to the other and their overall vision was the same. 
Destination Games needed outside funding and an equal partner. 
NCSoft needed USA exposure and talented MMO developers it 
couldn't get on its own. The two companies joined, and Destination 
Games became NCSoft Austin. Richard Garriott currently serves 
as Executive Producer for NCSoft Austin. 

A lesser known part of Richard Garriott's life is his role as Vice 
Chairman of Space Adventures, a space tourism agency. Garriott's 
father was an astronaut, so space flight is in his blood. Space Ad- 
ventures, on behalf of Richard Garriott, contacted both NASA and 
the Russian Space Agency to find out if Garriott could fly to space 
as a tourist. While NASA said no, the RSA said it would cost hun- 
dreds of thousands of dollars to research such a mission and mil- 
lions more to do it. Garriott paid for the research to find out how 
much a private space visit would cost and RSA came back with 
the large figure of $20 million. While Garriott had recently sold 
Origin Systems to EA, this was the time the stock market crashed 
and the disaster of 9/11 and Garriott saw a lot of his fortune evapo- 
rate. Since Garriott couldn't afford to go 
at that time. Space Adventures started to 
look for someone else to take the initial 
private space tourist flight and found Den- 
nis Tito. Tito has since made history and 
is credited as being the first private space 
tourist. Though Space Adventures now has 
millions in cash from pre-paid reservations 
for sub-orbital flights, there are no sub- 
orbital airline seats to book today. Space 
Adventures currently invests in the space 
tourism vehicle development businesses, 
hoping to one day fill their reservations 
and spawn a whole new travel and vacation 
industry. With both Space Adventures and 
Richard Branson's Virgin Galatic focused 
on producing an aircraft and both having working prototypes that 
have completed test flights, private sub-orbital travel could be a 
reality in 2008. 


Richard Garriott continues to pursue his passions for bringing interac- 
tive virtual worlds alive and his love of space travel. He has become 
a legend in game development and amassed a fortune, which lets him 
keep eccentric hobbies such as his hilltop castle home and investing 
in bringing space travel to the masses. Maybe one day we'll be able to 
take a flight on Space Adventures to Ultima Space Station. 

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By DeadDrPhibes 


Back in the late 1970s when PC gaming was just 
beginning to take off> one man in particular 
was responsible for the advent of text adven- 
ture games on home PCs; Scott Adams* 

While the colossal cave adventure had 
been around for some time on main- 
frame PCs, Adams brought the genre 
to the home PC, beginning with Ad- 
ventureland in 1978 ♦ Adventureland 
was a relatively short text based ad- 
venture game using a two word (verb 
noun) parser and written in BASIC* 
Even within this fairly restrictive me- 
dium, Adventureland was a clever and 
engrossing game that made players use 
their imagination to come up with some 
rather oddball solutions to the various 
puzzles* Adams' adventure titles could 
easily be compared 
to the popular 
room escape type 
games found all over online gaming sites today* The play- 
er is presented with a seemingly random set of inventory 
items and must come up with often rather unusual ways 
of using them to complete the game* 

Adams published 17 adventure games between 1978 
and 1984, including such titles as Secret Mission, Pyra- 
mid of Doom, and Savage Island. These titles were avail- 
able on several of the platforms of the time, including 
TI99/4a, Applell, Commodore Vic 20, Amiga, etc* 
His last published game from this period was the 
graphic adventure Return to Pirates Isle, a text adven- 
ture with graphics instead of text descriptions* While 
there was no true point and click' interactivity with the 
images, this game can easily be said to be the precursor 
of the now common room escape games on free gaming sites* 

I first played Adventureland on my TI 99/4a, which required a cartridge 
that ran the game interface and loaded individual adventures from either 
a tape or disk drive* I had a blast playing these quirky things* If you're 
curious and want to take a stab at an original Scott Adams Adventure, 
I'll post links to sites where you can either play a Flash version online or 
download an emulator and ROM, all free and legal of course* 

As it turns out, Mr* Adams lives only a few hours away from me in Wis- 
consin, USA* I took the liberty of shooting him an email with a few ques- 
tions and he got back to me within a few days with these responses: 

What inspired you to write your first text adventure game? 

I played Colossal Caves on a DEC Mainframe* I wanted to do a game 
on my TRS-80 Model 1 that would use strings in Basic and this seemed 
like a good concept* 

What were the biggest challenges/obstacles you had to face while 
creating games in the late 70s and early 80s? 

Memory size and lack of any secondary storage* It wasn't until the time 
of the Commodore 64 that disk drives started to be affordable* The oth- 

er problem was lack of standardization* A game would have to be rewrit- 
ten over and over for all the different computer systems then available* 

What games do you play these days? 

Everquest 2 on the PC and on the Xbox 360 I am still playing 
Oblivion and King Kong* I try lots of games and recently enjoyed 
Titan's Quest for a few weeks, but EQ2 is the only game to hold 
my interest for long term* Oblivion is a distant second to that with 
about 60 hours played so far* 

What would you consider the greatest achievement (so far) of your 
gaming career? 

Probably being the first company to specialize in gaming for the 
home computers* 

What projects are you working on these days? 

I am working a little bit on a new adventure game based on the old testa- 
ment but haven't done much on it recently* 

What developments would you like to see in gaming in 
the next 10 years? 

Tough question* Certainly the appeal of the Xbox 
360 is due to the ease of use for gamers* No drivers, 
no video cards or O/S to worry about* It would be 
nice if Vista will help the PC industry head in the 
same direction* 

Many of your original text adventures are avail- 
able online via free game websites* How do you 
feel about this? 

They have asked me for permission first and I have 
told them to go ahead* It is wonderful there are still 
folks interested in replaying my classics* 

What, in your opinion, is the best 
game on the market today? 

Oh tough onel If we are talk- 
ing single player then it would be 
Oblivion, if MOG then EQ2* Be- 
tween the two, I would have to say 
EQ2 would rank number one* I 
have tried virtually all the current 
MOGs including WoW and I still 
think EQ2 is heads and shoulders 
above them all* 

Scott Adams adventures are avail- 
able to play online via flash or in a 
downloadable format at: 

http://www*msadams*com Scott Adam's yahoo mail list group on 
computer gaming: 

http://groups*yahoo*com/group/ComputerGaming - Yahoo Group 
specifically on Scott Adam's games* 

http://groups*yahoo*com/group/ScottAdams * - Scott Adam's Yahoo Group 



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By Derf ^— ^ 

Sid Meier, designer of the Civilization PC series, 
is a legend in the game industry* As is with all 
legends, embellishments are added each time 
the story is told, such that the latest story may not 
be fact but some truth in the tale remains* Being the 
same age as Sid and remembering how things were 
in 1982, Fm sure his story begins in a bar* 

Fade-in to a corner pub circa 1982* In the corner of the old bar stands an air 
combat arcade game* Sid and his friend Bill Stealey, a former military pilot, 
were enjoying a cold one* Bill, thinking of his real life experience, challenges 
Sid to game or two, or 10* Bill coolly walked across the sticky floor and won 
the first game* And then Sid won the next and the next* Bill was flabbergast- 
edi "The enemy AI is so predictable, I'm sure I can design a better one," Sid 
said* "If you can, then you have a job!" exclaimed Bill* And so Microprose 
was founded* Oh, how I wish I was in that bar with Sid Meier* 

Sid's game. Solo Flight was 
released in 1982, along with 
his first fighter game Hell- 
cat Ace. Sid honed his skills 
at authoring several flight 
simulations over the next 
several years, including Spit- 
fire Ace, F-15 Strike Eagle I, 
II SC III Aerojet, Gunship, F- 
19 Stealth fighter. Night hawk 
117a, and Gunship 2000. In 
the 1980s and 1990s many 
gamers craved flight sims 
with some degree of realism, 
but which were still playable 
and fun* Sid's work fitted 
that model quite well* I have 
great memories of unwrap- 
ping my F-15 Strike Eagle 
and launching Gunship on my Atari 800 and Atari ST* To this day you can see 
the evolution of Sid's work in any flight simulator on the market* 

Although Sid's flight sims sold well, his first big hit came with his WWII 
submarine simulator Silent Service. In this game you were the captain and 
crew of a WWII attack submarine* Through the interface you controlled 
the whole ship* I loved the game because it didn't sacrifice fun for realism* 
In a real sub a captain could spend hours or days setting up for his torpedo 
salvo* Silent Service spared us the boredom while giving us the thrill of a 
burning tanker or the terror of trying to evade a depth charge attack* Later, 
Sid would produce Silent Service II, which included a campaign mode* His 
other submarine simulation Red Storm Rising w2ls a modern day sub simula- 
tion based on Tom Clancy's best selling book* In this game you commanded 
a nuclear attack sub, and Sid allowed you do everything from destroying 

land targets with tomahawk missiles to engaging in sub-to-sub warfare* You 
felt like you played a big part in stalling the communist invasion depicted in 
Tom Clancy's book* Just thinking about this game makes me want to dig it 
up and play it again* It was a truly outstanding piece of work* 

Sid also became involved in converting strategy board games to the com- 
puter* Before the computer became king, complicated strategy board games 
were widespread* Many of the programmers of that time had played these 
games and there was interest in converting them for computers* Sid's first 
stab at this genre was Nato Division Commander 1985* Many felt that this 
game was extremely complicated and had a steep learning curve* Sid did 
other board game conversions; Crusade in Europe and Decision in the Desert 
were simpler and, in the opinion of many gamers, more fun to play* When 
looking back, it seems that this is the time when Sid realized fun, not real- 
ism is what most gamers crave* That led him to write one of his most popu- 
lar titles ever - Pirates. 

Oh how I wish I was in the bar that day when Sid came up with the Pirates ideal 
Pirates has a little bit of Action /Adventure, Strategy, early Real Time Strat- 
egy, and Role Playing* Recently it was reincarnated on the Xbox and my son 
and I enjoyed playing it all over again* Sid's genius comes in with his basic idea, 
military fighting pirates = boring -being a Pirate = funi Few games appeal to 
all, but if there is a game most people enjoy playing, it's Pirates. If you are inter- 
ested in adventure and haven't played Pirates yet then run out and grab a copy* 
You won't be disappointed* 

Sid was inspired by Will Wright's Sim City and decided to make Railroad 
Tycoon. The goal in Railroad Tycoon was to build, manage and expand a rail- 
road* Wikipedia calls it "an economic simulation and a strategy game*" The 
game has had great success and has many sequels, including Railroad Tycoon 

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4 slated for release this fall Many of the features 
of the original Railroad Tycoon show up in Sid's 
greatest game - Civilization (1991), the title for 
which he is probably best known* 

* Sid Meier's Pirates! (1987) 

According to Wikipedia, Sid borrowed many tech- 
nology tree ideas from a board game by the same 
name published in the UK in 1980 and by Avalon 
Hill in 1981* Civilization is a turn-based strategy 
game in which you attempted to take a group of 
settlers all the way to the space colonization age* 
Along the way there are other leaders to conquer 
and technologies to discover* The game has stood 
the test of time by being continually for sale and ex- 
panded upon for 15 years* The latest incarnation, 
Civilization IV is published by Sid's Company - Fi- 
raxis software* Sid also made a space based game 
similar to Civilization cAled Alpha Centauri (1999). 

Sid Meier's more notable releases, as listed in 
the Wikipedia entry: 

♦ Spitfire Ace (1984) — is Sid's first game 
that he made while playing a major role in 
the game creation stage* 

* NATO Commander (1984) 

* Solo Flight (1984) 

* Kennedy Approach (1985) — one of the first 
games to use a software voice synthesizer 

* F-15 Strike Eagle (1985) — one of the first 
combat flight simulators 

* Silent Service (1985), a World War II sub- 
marine simulation game, and Meier's first 
foray out of flight sims* 

• FT9 Stealth Fighter (1988) 
■FT5 Strike Eagle II (1989) 

■ Covert Action (1990) 

• Railroad Tycoon (1990), an economic simu- 
lation game, that paints the early develop- 
ment of railroads in the United States and 
Europe, a time when competition between 
railroad companies was very fierce 

• Civilization (1991), Meier's most successful 
game to date* It has lived through several ver- 
sions (see below) and sold over 6 million cop- 
ies* This game is a turn-based strategy game* 

■ Pirates! Gold (1993) 

• Colonization (1994), a turn-based strategy 
game themed on the early European coloniza- 
tion of the New World, starting in 1492 and 
lasting until the age of independence in 1850* 
To achieve victory in this game, the player must 
declare independence, and win in a revolution- 
ary war against their mother country in Europe 
(France, England, The Netherlands, or Spain)* 

• Civilization II (1996) A remake of Sid Mei- 
er's successful Civilization; Brian Reynolds 
was lead designer on the game* 

■ Sid Meier's Gettysburg! (1997) 

• Sid Meier's Antietam! (1998) 

• Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (1999) Brian Reyn- 
olds was lead designer on this adaptation of Civi- 
lization to an outer space theme* Alpha Centauri 
is set in a futuristic setting on an alien world, with 
ideological factions substituting for civilizations* 
This is a much more versatile version of Civiliza- 
tion, featuring economics and unique military 
customization, as well as diplomacy* 



• Civilization III (2001), a remake of his clas- 
sic game with improved rules, graphics and 
gameplay* This is a turned-based strategy 

game allowing you to go from the Ancient 
Times to Modern Times* It features diplo- 
macy much like that of Meier's other game. 
Alpha Centauri, and also introduces Culture* 
This installment makes the Civilization se- 
ries the best selling PC series to date* 
■ SimGolf (2002), a joint project with the 

Sim- masters at Maxis 





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♦ Sid Meier's Pirates! (2004), a remake of the 
acclaimed Pirates! game from 1987, updating 
the graphics and featuring some entirely new 
game play elements and an all new ballroom 
dancing segment* 

♦ Civilization IV, released October 25, 2005* 
Civilization IV is the newest game in the 
Civilization series* A full 3D engine replac- 
es the isometric maps of Civilization II and 
IIL This installment adds the concept of 
Religion to the game, building upon both 
the Culture and Diplomacy elements from 
previous incarnations* 

♦ Sid Meier's Railroads! (expected Fall 2006) 
When Take 2 shut down PopTop Soft- 
ware and folded it into Firaxis, Meier once 
again became responsible for the Railroad 
Tycoon series, and this is billed as the se- 
quel to Railroad Tycoon 3* 

There are few in the gaming business that 
have the creativity seen from Sid Meier* The 
Academy of Interactive Arts and Science 
voted him into its "Hall of Fame," and in 
2002, he was honored with an induction into 
the Computer Museum of America's Hall of 
Fame* I doubt Sid was in that bar, heck I 
don't even know if he drinks* I do know that 
he has fed my gaming appetite since there 
was something upon which to play games* 
So today, I raise my glass to a brilliant game 
designer* Long live Sid Meierl 



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By RogueRedneck ''^* 




I joined 2old2pwn in October of 2005 and a few 
months later recall bringing up to my wife the subject 
of going to a clan LAN* She told me that I must have 
completely lost my mind if I thought I was going to go play 
video games and leave her home alone with the kids* 

It was then that a funny thing happened* My wife was sucked into the world of 
2old2play and 2old2pwn* It started by her lying on the couch and laughing at 
the interactions between the other players and me while we were playing* Then, 
she started reading the site under my account, DubbleORedneck, and made 
some posts on the forums* She eventually opened her own account, DixieBelle, 
on December 23, 2005 and immediately joined the clan* 

This was important to explain how I found myself on the road at 4 AM 
on Thursday, June 29th, on my way to Pittsburgh for what would turn 
out to be one of the greatest weekends of my life* 

It was a long grueling 11 hour drive that took Dixie and I from Tennessee to 
Pennsylvania* We braved many hardships along the way, including regular 
phone calls from Cowboy Bates, Barracuda52774, and dpaden wanting to 
know where we were so they could beat us to the hotel* (They did****) 

Dixie and I pulled up in front of the Rodeway Inn at 4 PM local time and 
saw the first members of our degenerate crew standing in front of the hotel* 
The hotel was conveniently located over 1000 yards from the nearest school 
so that KidMach wouldn't violate his parole* There was kweeniel969 and her 
husband, Gutteral Rumble, dpaden, Ming Li, Cowboy, and the flame haired 
Cuda, who was easy to pick out since he was busy in a bush when we arrived* 
We settled into our circa 1970 rooms and then met up with NoVARaif, 
CurvyBunky, and BlimeyLimey before heading out looking for nourishment* 

We ended up at the Lonestar Steakhouse, which was located next door 
to the Quaker Steak SC Lube restaurant* Let me just pause here to say 
that we don't have these establishments in the South and I was a little 
concerned* The steak part wasn't a problem but the lube part made me 
wonder* Do you get the lube as a side item included with your meal or is 
it extra? What weight do they use? But then I realized*** 

At the restaurant, we were treated to the first of many statements I like 
to call "Cowboyisms*" We ate a good meal and found that there was 
none of the uneasiness you sometimes feel when surrounded by people 
you've never met before* We easily fell into our forum and XBL roles 
and were soon making fun and laughing with and at each other* We just 
genuinely enjoyed being together in person for the first time 

We finished the night back at the hotel just talking and preparing for the 
first official day of the LAN* Before the day finished, we greeted the ar- 
rival of GopherGoat, Lord Kerdaq (god complex), HexionBean, Count 
Fartula, and his friend, Eddie* Eddie has since become a member of the 
site and our newest clan member, allniteRawk* Most of us retired to our 
rooms at about 1 AM in preparation of the next day* 


The next morning began at 
approximately 9 AM with 
a meeting in the coffee shop 
(Nova's Room)* It is impor- 
tant to note that we all packed 
for a 3 day party* Nova came 
to the LAN prepared for an 
extended siege* This man ar- 
rived with a truck full of TVs, 
suitcases, wires, switches, 
first aid kit, assorted variet- 
ies of coffee, and both a coffee 
machine and espresso machine* The man meant business* 

We entered the conference room at about 9:30 AM and began to unload the 
equipment* At this point. Nova realized there could be a power distribution 
problem and went to work on the problem with the help of Gutter and the in- 

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terference of Cuda* I wont go into the details of what was done* You can read 
Novas article for the technical aspects of the party* I get paid to arrest people and 
not to play with electricity, unless I'm tasering said people; in which case, I have 
a LOT of fun with electricity* In short, if you ever have a LAN Party, I highly 
suggest bringing a Nova with you* 

The day progressed and we witnessed the arrival of Cabel, Walladog, Kid- 
Mach, Blue Steihl, itsBillykiller, Durnan, waterboy, lACO, and Yountdog* 
We were all surprised when Yountdog arrived because none of us knew he 
was King Kong's stunt double (we put him in the corner next to Blimey be- 
cause we figured, if he got hungry, he could have the Canadian)* Everyone 
found somewhere to play and was hooked into the power grid* At this point, 
the conference room looked a lot like the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon, 
but you gotta do what you've gotta do* 

I don't remember a lot of the actual gameplay that followed* On this first offi- 
cial day, several of us walked over to the restaurant next door, the Eat'N'Park* 
Here, despite the lack of sweet tea or Dr* Pepper, we enjoyed a decent meal* 
After Walla had been brutally forced into ordering the salad bar, we were wit- 
ness to the first stroke of genius of the 2006 2old2pwn LAN* 

I'm not sure how it started but someone mentioned that it would be fun- 
ny to get a large rubber phallic device* We could use it to strike at those 
who we felt needed it* Walla suggested that we should name it "Rubber 
Justice*" Thus was named the clan mascot* 

Within the hour, Walla, Cuda, Dixie, and I were at the local Adult Store 
where Walla informed the clerk (who was not a man of great wit nor did he 
appreciate our humor) that Dixie, my wife, wanted the largest rubber dong 
they had in stock* We left minutes later with two 16" rubber dongs and a 3 
foot blow-up doll with a coaster in her head* Walla conned the local gas sta- 
tion into giving us a Magic Marker and we returned to the hotel* 

As we were standing outside preparing to unveil our purchases, a woman drove 
up, got out of her car, and apprehensively approached us* She was wearing nice 
business attire and appeared lost* When she saw Cuda writing on Rubber Jus- 
tice and Dixie holding the doll, Walla informed her 
that she probably didn't want to be here and she chose 
to leave the premises* Go figure* 

We entered the building and christened Cowboy 
with the dual Justices* 

There was minimal confusion as others arrived as 
Nova and Gutter worked to get everyone hooked up as 
quickly as possible* Before long, I found my self sitting 
next to KidMach* It was then I discovered that Kid is 
not as annoying in person as he is on XBL* * * he's worse* 
I lost count of the number of head butts and dong beat- 
ings he received but they were many and often* I offi- 
cially announce that he may be the site Timmy* 

boy was reduced to the equivalent of a cold and frightened Chihuahua puppy* 
He cowered behind his girlfriend for protection, but there was no hope* 

Over the next day, we received more members in the form of mr sleestak, who 
soon violated the blow up doll, and the surprise guest, LB75Player* LB is a 
sneaky little guy, who convinced his wife. Curvy, that he wasn't coming to the 
LAN but then made a surprise 5 AM arrival* He had to wake her up from a 
drunken stupor, but she appeared happy to see him* I think this is typical, if I 
had to live with LB, I'd keep myself on the verge of unconsciousness as well* 

The rest of the LAN is a blur of HALO, 
laughter, absurd aliases, and threats of vio- 
lence* We played til the wee hours of Sunday 
morning when our 24 port switch died and 
could not be revived despite the best efforts 
of Nova* Walla even tried to assist by offer- 
ing his advice to "Slap it with a stainless steel 
spatula" but, alas, the switch was gone* 

We were temporarily back in business when 
it was discovered that Cowboy brought a 16 
port switch but, before we could hook up 
the new switch, we suffered yet another ca- 
sualty* The blow up doll collapsed under the combined force of Kid and Walla* 
CPR was administered by Kid but she did not survive* 

Sunday morning, and it was a subdued crowd that arrived at the conference 
room to gather their belongings and head back to their boring, incomplete lives* 
Hugs were given and hands were shaken* Someone, I honestly cant say who, put 
Rubber Justice and the deflated doll in Cuda's suitcase in hopes of detaining him 
at airport security and we all went our separate ways* 

In the end, it was a good time had by all* We laughed and cried* We played 
HALO, consumed alcohol and slapped each other with rubber dongs* 



One of the key moments of the LAN was the arrival 
of itsBillykiller* He arrived and soon discovered that 
Cowboy had left to retrieve his girlfriend* Billy felt 
compelled to call Cowboy a few times to express his 
displeasure* Billy and Cowboy debated his absence 
from the LAN (the finer points were quite inter- 
esting) and came to an agreement* Cowboy would 
come back or Billy would hurt him* 

Cowboy arrived at the LAN at 1:30 AM on Satur- 
day morning and asked me, "How's Billy?" He was 
informed that Billy was, well, Billy*** at 1:30 AM*** 
drunk* * * and tired* Moments later, they met and Cow- 









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By NoVARaif 


The official 2old2pwn clan LAN party was 
scheduled from Friday, June 30th until Sun- 
day, July 2nd, with early birds arriving Thurs- 
day evening, June 29th, for an evening of eating, 
drinking and socializing* 

Much consideration was given to location, since the clan is spread across 
the globe* The chosen hotel, 
the Rodeway Inn, located in 
Coriapolis, PA had the right 
price, decent accommoda- 
tions, and a decent conference 
facility* Two other big pluses 
were that there was an Eat 'n 
Park restaurant on one side, 
and a Sheets gas station on the 
other, so our late night food 
needs would be easily met* 

Despite the various issues de- 
tailed here, the LAN could not 
have gone better* 2old2pwn 
truly is the Best Clan Everlll 
A successful LAN party is not 
determined so much by where 
it's held, rather by the people in 
attendance* We want to share as much as we can about our experience, so 
that other clans can grow from our experiences as we did* 

Twenty-eight clan members, and friends in Attendance (by Gamer Tag): 
AllniteRawk, Barracuda52774, BlimeyLimeyl3, Blue Stiehl, Chris (Cow- 
boy's girlfriend). Count Fartula, Cowboy Bates, Curvy- 
Bunky, DixieBelle75, Dpaden70, Durnan, GopherGoat, 
Gutteral Rumble, HexionBean, lACO, ItsBillyKiller, Kid- 
Mach, Kweeniel969, LB75Player, Lord Kerdaq, Ming Li, 
Mr Sleestak, NoVARaif, RogueRedneck, Ryan (Mr Slees- 
tak's friend), WallaDog, Wat3rboyl011, and YountDog7 

'Special' Guest appearances by: Rubber Justice (I and II), 
and Cowboy's Inflatable Girlfriend 


Being able to game with so many clan members, with no 
lag whatsoever, was very awesome* At one point, we were 
time-sharing our gaming consoles as we had more attend- 
ees than there was room for equipment* Various 2 on 2, 4 
on 4 and other tournaments took place* 


The hotel was visited prior to the actual LAN in an effort 
to check for any issues that would disqualify the hotel as 
the best place for the LAN party* The LAN party "ad- 
vance team" was apparently shown only the hotel's best rooms, not the 
actual rooms in which the attendees would be staying* The advance team 
explained to the hotel that we would have about 30 people attending 
with TVs, gaming consoles, etc*, and that we would need to have power, 
space and air conditioning to support them* The team was assured that 
it would not be a problem* 

Once the LAN party weekend arrived and about 30 very eager clan 
members and friends began checking in, the shortcomings of the 
hotel became apparent* The hotel had been visited before the sum- 
mer heat began, so room air conditioning had not been a concern* 
Most, if not all, attendees found that the room air conditioning 
produced a feeble gust of cold air, if anything* Fortunately, our 
days were spent in the conference room, and the nights were cool 

enough to allow attendees 
staying on the second floor 
to leave their patio doors 
open* Some attendees 
found a relative of Mothra 
had invaded their rooms 
in the middle of the night* 
Parents should be warned 
to keep small children 
away from the warp-pow- 
ered toilet, as they could be 
pulled into the spatial rift 
caused each time the toilet 
was flushed* Some found 
that their feet stuck to the 
room carpeting, while oth- 
ers found their carpeting 
crunchy* The televisions in 
most rooms were at least 
as old as the youngest clan members, with remote controls that 
needed 9V batteries to work* Remember the old Zenith TVs with 
Computer Space Command remotes? Yup, we had them! 

Once we were able to start setting up the conference room for 

the LAN party on Friday 
morning, we found that 
power was going to be an is- 
sue, and space was going to 
be "cozy*" The main room 
was about 35'x35'* We set 
up 4-6' round tables near 
the center of the room, and 
lined the walls with 3'x6' 
tables* We setup a router 
to provide DHCP and a 
24 port switch to provide 
the needed connectivity* 
"^ We pulled power from four 
different 20 amp circuits 
in the conference center (3 
rooms total)* Thankfully, 
we had all the heavy duty 
extension cords we needed 
to do the job* We used tons 
of gaff tape to get the power 
and network connectivity where it needed to be, safely* We also 
masked off exposed portions of the windows with table cloths, pa- 
per and tape, both to keep excess light out, and maintain privacy of 
the party* Each night/early morning when the party wound down, 
we locked the front door of the conference center, and, for added 
security, parked a truck right in front of the door* 

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Partying began, in earnest, on Friday* Power outages on a couple cir- 
cuits also started, in earnest, on Friday afternoon. After figuring out the 
best balance of TVs/gaming consoles per circuit, the power stabilized, 
and gaming continued* Gaming continued until the wee hours Saturday 
morning, then resumed mid-morning* The sequence was repeated on 
Saturday until OllOhrs Sunday morning, when the fully-populated 24 
port switch opted for early retirement, probably due to stresses caused 
by unstable power* Fortunately, we had a spare switch, and downtime 
was limited to about 30 minutes* 


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Cleanup efforts began on Sunday morning, with everyone checking 
out of the hotel by noon and getting on the road shortly thereafter* The 
withdrawal started before anyone got more than five miles from the ho- 
tel* Planning of the next LAN party started shortly thereafter* 



Hotel Rooms - check for: 

♦ Hotel Staff and other guests - Look around and get a feel for both 
groups, as it'll tell you a LOT about the facilities themselves* (This lends 
itself to the next two lessons learned*) 

♦ Room Air Conditioning - Does it work, and work well? 

♦ Room Cleanliness - Clean Carpets, sheets, etc* 

♦ Televisions - Are they modern enough to support A/V inputs for im- 
promptu gaming? 

♦ Toilets - Shouldn't be warp-powered and require Starfleet credentials 
to operate them safely* 

♦ Power and lighting - Adequate number of power outlets and functional 
light fixtures in the rooms? 

Conference Room Requirements: 

♦ Air Conditioning - Is it adequate to handle heat from the electronics? 

♦ Power - Assume five amps per conference attendee* Our conference room 
only had 100 amp service, which was almost woefully inadequate* We also 
suggest bringing a UPS for the networking equipment, at a minimum* 

♦ Extension cords - Bring extra 16-gauge extension cords, in lengths from 
50-150 feet, in the event that outlets are far from gaming areas* 

♦ Gaming space - assume a minimum of 32sq ft per conference attendee 
(4'x 8'), including table space 

♦ Space - adequate room to move around, in addition to gaming space, 
best to plan for a 4' path, if at all possible 

♦ Restrooms - see previous comment about warp-powered toilets 

♦ Food/Beverages - Must have space for food/bar setup, and coolers with ice, etc 

♦ Hotel Staff - Work out a schedule to have hotel staff restock bathrooms 
and empty trash daily* 

♦ Xbox Headsets - Bring your headsets for team play* They make it easier 
to coordinate tactics across a room rather than yelling to one another* 

♦ Wireless options - If possible, bring as many wireless-equipped game con- 
soles as possible; it'll help limit the amount of wiring gaff-taped to the floors* 

♦ Equipment spares - Where possible, bring extra networking equipment; 
switches, routers, etc*, as it never hurts to have too much* 


Overall, the inaugural 2old2pwn 2006 LAN party was a smashing suc- 
cess, and I think I speak for the clan in saying that we'd do it all over again, 
in a heartbeat, and cannot wait until the next 2old2pwn LAN party!!! 

More pictures from the LAN party can he viewed at: www*hargest*com 



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The history of the first-person-shooter, common- 
ly known as the FPS, is long and great* The FPS 
genre has seen memorable milestone games, 
interesting wannabe clones and a long line of ground- 
breaking technologies* What makes the FPS genre one 
of the most powerful video game designs is the edge of 
your seat thrill ride, violence, and its ability to consis- 
tently push the envelope of computing power* 

The FPS game design was forever changed by the birth of Wolfenstein 
3D. Wolf3D, its common name, was pubUshed by Apogee Software 
on May 5th, 1992 and given Ufe by ID Software* The inspiration be- 
hind the game was a 1980s Muse Software computer game called Castle 
Wolfenstein and the follow-up game, Beyond Castle Wolfenstein. These 
adventure games would inspire the ID Software team to create an evolu- 
tionary work of art* Wolfenstein 3D was definitely not the first true FPS 
game; Spasim and Maze War might have been the founding fathers of 
the FPS, but they did not define the genre as it still exists today* 



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resulted in many game ports to be toned down or just not created at 
alL The Super NES version was modified to remove Nazi references and 
symbols* If the game was about escaping Nazi Germany, how fun would 
it be without any reference to the actual militia you were escaping? 

Besides obvious fallout with the use of Nazi symbols, music, and poorly 
created non-native German speech, the game opened the eyes of devel- 
opers around the world* Not only was it possible to create a game with a 
decent amount of violence, but the technology was reusable and could be 
enhanced for greater levels of detail* Game developers adopted the con- 
cept of "shareware" as a way to get their game to the market and provide 
evidence that it was a sellable solution* All these new ideas were formed 
by the success o( Wolfenstein 3D. 

Although Wolfenstein 3D was technically not the first game that had a 
first-person perspective and allowed you to shoot things dead, it was the 
first to ignite the desire for this genre* Ultima Underworld created the 
initial FPS technology* This technology was inherited by Wolfenstein 3D 
and was later improved upon in ID Software's DOOM. In 1993, DOOM 
would take center stage, leaving Wolfenstein 3D as a distant 
memory* The world of DOOM had textured floors and ceilings, 
moving platforms, and multi-player network capabilities! 

DOOM defines the frightening FPS genre* The game would 
keep you on the edge of your seat killing imps and other evil 
demonic creatures while running through dark halls and un- 
loading weapons at everything that moved* If played in the 
dark, DOOM was capable of putting you on the floor in a jump 
of terror* Gamers were so enthralled by the new DOOM fran- 
chise that they continued to play it for years* Gamers might 
say that DOOM was the first FPS that got them addicted to 
the genre* Game developers might say that DOOM proved just 
how powerful great technology and ideas could become* 


This relatively unknown company called ID Software built a game that in- 
volved, at the time, a significant amount of violence and destruction* They 
pushed the limit by designing a game that included many dark areas of our 
past, including the Nazi military reign* The game contained guns, blood 
(on certain releases), the ability to kill Germans by the truck load, and 
most importantly, the open use of the most feared symbol in the Western 
world: the Swastika* This foundation of violence and destruction would 
catapult the FPS genre to heights previously unknown to gaming* 

Germany, of course, was not exactly thrilled about the release of Wolfen- 
stein 3D. Killing Germans is not nearly as bad as the open use of Nazi 
symbols and the anthem "Horst-Wessel-Lied" which is banned in Ger- 
many* Wolfenstein 3D was the first FPS to contain legal issues and cause 
copies to be confiscated in 1994 Germany* The legal issues in Germany 


Shareware assisted in the success of DOOM as it did with Wolfenstein 
3D. Over 10 million people downloaded DOOM within the first two 
years of its creation* According to GameSpy, DOOM has been voted 

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by industry insiders as the number one best game of all time* Not only 
was DOOM widely successful - the ID Software team became the big 
boys on the block in terms of FPS technology* People wanted to be like 
ID and they went through the trouble to duplicate the efforts non-stop 
with "DOOM clones/' 

In 1994, ID Software would hold the FPS genre with DOOM Ih Hell 
On Earth. This release was very similar to the original DOOM with 
a few minor changes and additional levels and enemies* Although a 
major goal had been achieved, DOOM II was not sold as shareware, 
but as a product widely distributed in the stores* ID Software was 
building a very large bankroll in a very small period of time* During 
this year, a few other games spawned from the FPS clone clamor: 
Rise of the Triad, Marathon, and System Shock. 

Marathon was the next "DOOM clone" of the year, but this game 
utilized a feature that had been overlooked from prior FPS 
games: a real plot* The FPS genre, in general, has very little 
history in terms of plot usage, but Marathon started it all and 
later Half-Life would bring it to a completely new level of play* 
System Shock, another "DOOM clone" combined the new FPS- 
style gaming with the controls of a Role Playing Game (RPG) 
complete with horror elements* System Shock was a cult success 
story but did not take a main stage like DOOM. 

The next big "DOOM clone" would change up the environment by add- 
ing a few imperial bases and Star Destroyers: LucasArts' Star Wars: 
Dark Forces. LucasArts built its own DOOM-like engine called the 
"Jedi Engine" and added a feature that was rare in the FPS genre: al- 
ternative firing weapons* You could have a weapon that had multiple 
modes of firel This feature would be utilized in future games* However, 
like DOOM and the other clones. Dark Forces was a slight enhancement 
on FPS game engines that came before it but it was still not true 3D* 
Within a year, that all would change* 

The 1994 "DOOM clones" each contained small changes in the 
technology that would, in the end, better the genre for many years* 
Apogee Software's Rise of the Triad, initially developed as a sequel to 
Wolfenstein 3D, and added deliberate and unjust violence by invent- 
ing the "giblet*" A giblet is a little piece of flesh, internal organ, bone 
or entire limb of a larger body that is shot off during the bodies' ex- 
plosion* Although, Adrian Carmack is credited with the name, it was 
Rise of the Triad that initially thought of the concept* John Carmack 
and the ID Software team would make great use of this giblet' in 
Quake, as would Apogee Software in Duke Nukem 3D. 

In 1995, Interplay Productions would publish a game known as Decent. 
This FPS title took the terms 3D and made it real* A full six degrees of 
freedom, coined 6DOF, and the player could fly their ship around the 

level in many directions* The maps were 
where one could fly through a tunne 
low them, or in any direction in "3d 

true 3D worlds 
above them, be- 
space" and get 
lost in the envi- 
ronment* Those 
that found the ship 
in Decent too hard to 
control simply tossed 
the game aside as a 
"DOOM clone" and 
overlooked the complete 
3D feature set unknown at 
that time* Ultimately, Decent 
failed to reach DOOM-like 
levels because of its difficulty 
to control, often requiring a 
joystick, and Interplays re- 
strictions on level modifica- 
tions* ID Software allowed inde- 
pendent developers to mod" the game 
levels (known as "WADS") to create new 
FPS game environments* These modders kept 
the game alive for years after it should have been 
forgotten* Interplay didn't do this and thus its 
game has been forgotten* 

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Lead designer John Romero and lead programmer John Carmack pol- 
ished off their next big FPS in 1996* The title was known as Quake and 
towered over all games of its time with a brand new graphics engine and 
more textures than ever seen in a video game* The 
ID Software team predicted that the multiplayer 
gaming environment was the way of the future 
and designed Quake for local area networks along 
with standard "world wide" network play* The In- 
ternet was coming of age and it was time to move 
from our BBS systems into the world of the web* 
Gamers were able to play multiplayer games with 
people all over the world* 

Duke Nukem 3D, released January 29th 1996, became an instant 
success by adding new flair to the FPS genre* Duke Nukem 3D is 
best known for the humor that was added throughout the game* The 
game lacked one specific feature that would make it lose the FPS 
battle in the future: TCP/IP network based multiplayer capabilities 
for the Internet* 3D Realms published the game ahead of its rival ID 
Software, but in the end ID Software would show the industry who 
was on top* 

ID Software, again, created a graphically stressful FPS that requires 
gamers to think about moving out of the 486 processor era and jump 
on the Pentium bandwagon* Quake helped invent the need for the true 
"Gaming system" over a typical workstation of the time* 

Most importantly. Quake made games of the same year, such as Duke 
Nukem 3D look simple by comparison* A year later Blood (built off the 
Duke Nukem 3D "build engine") was released by Monolith and it still 
could not hold water compared to Quake's revolutionary graphic design 
and multiplayer capabilities* It seemed that ID Software would own the 
FPS genre forever if they continued to keep ahead of the game* 

Between 2004 and 2006, FPS 
sequels were the next best thing. 
Each sequel had new weapons, 
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ID Software released Quake II a year later, in 1997, published by Ac- 
tivision. This release had no relationship to Quake except for the name 
"Quake" which was just used to draw sales* The game was an improved 
network model compared to the original release and the game engine was 
re-built again* When Quake II was purchased by PC gamers around the 
world and played on the Internet until the wee hours of the night, Golden- 
Eye 007 was released on the Nintendo 64. GoldenEye 007 had a few FPS 
improvements, which included complex bullet-hit detection to maximize 
damage with "head shot" targets* The second large improvement was the 
game's ability to play on a console system without a mouse and keyboard 

and be a success* Most FPS ports from older games failed to impress con- 
sole gamers* This was a large milestone for the console gaming community 
because it would help realize the truth behind the console FPS genre* 


>r .;. 


All of the technology that had been built over the past years came to 
life as a complete package during the years of 1998 and 1999* The PC 
would see a release o^ Half-Life by a small development studio known 
by few as Valve* Within two years Valve would see a huge success in 
their Half-Life franchise spurred by a great initial release and a "to- 
tal conversion" modification of the game called Counter-Strike. This 
Counter-Strike modification, created by Minh Le and Jess Cliffe was 
so successful that they graduated college and went on to work at Valve 
software* These two college kids were part of the reason Half-Life and 
its modification Counter-Strike are still being played today* 




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What makes the FPS 
genre one of the most 
powerful video game 
designs is the edge 
of your seat thrill 
ride, violence, and its 
ability to consistently 
push the envelope 
of computing power. 


The same year that Half-Life hit the market two more FPS games were 
released: Thief Sind Tribes. Thief wsls one of the first FPS games that suc- 
cessfully tackled the idea of "stealth" in the genre* The concept of sneaking 
around the levels instead of blasting through doors running and gunning 
was lost on many FPS fans* The concepts, however, were solid and the game 
brought new aspects into an overly used military-type genre* The counter- 
weight to Thief would be Tribes, which scoffed at sneaking and replaced it 
with team-oriented military vehicles* The vehicles employed in Tribes by 
today's standards are light; however, without the proof-of-concept in Tribes, 
vehicles may still be a rarity in current FPS titles* Although Dynamix's 
Tribes cannot be considered a huge commercial success, the influences were 
enough to change the future of FPS gaming* 

ID Software made another run for the money with Quake III Arena by pro- 
ducing a multiplayer-only version of Quake for Internet play* Ten days be- 
fore the launch of Quake III, yet another FPS known as Unreal Tournament 
was released* These two titles would battle head to head for years, trying to 
become the multiplayer FPS victor* The two competitors continue to battle 
it out today with Unreal Tournament 2004 and Quake 4* A new Unreal Tour- 
nament is scheduled for release in 2007* 

Finally, in the early 2000's a new breed of FPS game was born* 
To take on the challenge of building another great console 
FPS to match the success of GoldenEye 007, a company 
called Bungie Studios produced a "killer application" for 
the Microsoft Xbox. Halo: Combat Evolved took the el- 
ements of all games in the past and rolled them into 
a console game that sold over 6 million copies 
worldwide since its release in 2001* Many 
critics found that the game "bored 
them to tears" due to the overuse 
of specific areas throughout 
the game but nevertheless the 
game was a hit and sold many 
Xbox consoles by itself* 

In 2002, the world would get 
the most in-depth tactical FPS 
it had seen thus far: Battlefield 
1942. This game allowed players 
to operate vehicles, aircraft, and 
ships similar to Tribes. This ele- 
ment, along with the tactics required 
for the game allowed dedicated players to become 
truly skilled in team oriented destruction* In addition, 
this year Nintendo would turn Metroid into an FPS and call 
it Metroid Prime. There was no going back for Samus now; 
she was in the world of the first-person-shooter* 

Between 2004 and 2006, FPS sequels were the next 
best thing* Each sequel had new weapons, textures, 
eye-candy and thrill* Gamers would buy DOOM 
3 and find the graphics stunning but a simple 
re-hash of the original story* Play- 
ers were bored with the con- 
cept that once excited them 
but had been redone dozens 
of times since DOOM's orig- 
inal release* Half-Life 2 was 
a great success and utilized 
more GPU then most FPS 
games (excluding DOOM 
3) and allowed players to 
interact with their environ- 
ment in new detail along with 
a realistic physics engine* Halo 
2 was an obvious success focus- 
ing highly on network play and 
became another huge success be- 
cause of it* Metroid Prime 2, Ghost Recon 
Advance Warfighter, Call of Duty 2, and 
others sequels arrived for consumers to 
rip off the store shelves* All quality games 
with an increasing fan base* 

If you mark Wolfenstein 3D as the game 
that defined the FPS genre back in 1992, 
you can see that FPS games have not 
been around all that long* Considering 
Mario has brought us games since the early 
1980s, the FPS is a comparative teenager* 
The genre has made huge leaps and bounds 
after each developer's creation and contin- 
ues to do so* Not all FPS games are out- 
standing success stories but each one brings 
something new to the table* 

Where do we go from here? Halo 3 is a highly 

anticipated game for the Xbox 360 

that should be released in 2007* 

Perhaps the announced release of 

Castle Wolfenstein for the Xbox 360 

will change history* Ironically, the game 

that evolved the genre plans to return after 

fifteen years in hopes to revolutionize the 

industry once again* We've proven that 

history is bound to repeat itself* 





By MikeJames 


Now that 2old2con is over, many people from the 
2old2play community are recoveringfrom hang- 
overs and kissing their spouses' asses for letting 
them go, as well as saving up for next years 2old2con* 

The rest of you are simply asking yourselves, "what was it all about/ 
and "Why didn't I go?" After seeing the pictures and Dantez's awesome 
video of the party, umm, I mean LAN, you're probably wondering what 
else happened* Well, as excellent as I am, I will tell you about the Mike 
James experience at the 2old2con LAN party* 




I guess you could say it all started Thursday night, when I wasn't yet in 
Chicago* I received a phone call from Knaabi, one of our senior mem- 
bers, at roughly 9:30 pm, asking when I was coming to town* All I could 
hear in the background was music and a lot of noise from drunken peo- 
ple* At that point, the thought passes through my head, "Why didn't I 
take off Thursday too!? " 


Friday morning comes along and I'm ready to go* I pack the kid, my 
wife and myself into the car and we take off about 7:00 am to head to 
Kenosha, WI, where I'm from and where my parents still reside* Noon 
hits and I'm dropping off the wife and kid, saying a quick hello to the 
parents, then I'm back in the car headed to Chicago* It's now 12:30 pm 
and I still need to stop at the liquor store* Yeah, Mike James stopped 
at the liquor store to buy beverages* I run in, pick up a bottle of JD and 
head on out* 60 miles to go - 60 minutes and I'll be at an event I've been 
looking forward to since August, 2005* 

Two hours later, after being stuck in Chicago traffic, I finally arrive at 
the 2old2con 2006* The first person I see is my roommate for the week- 
end. Dead Dr* Phibes* Fortunately, instead of having to search him out 
to get into the hotel room, he was pulling into the parking lot right be- 
hind me* But, who cares about the room as long as there is more than 
one bed, because I am not about to sleep in the same bed as DDP* 

After dropping off my bags, I make my entrance* "What's up BITCHES!!?!?!??!," 
I shout as I open the door* I can't even tell you the first person I met* The 
conference room was designed as two U shapes* One inside of the other 
with 30 TVs all throughout the room* What an awesome site to behold* 
The best part - everyone was over 25* 

Friday was spent meeting people with whom I've played online and held 
conversations with in the forums* I was actually able to put faces to those 
names* Not a single person was fake* Everyone acted how he or she does 
online* The gamer tags do indeed go with peoples personalities* We may 
have told each other our real names, but hell, I have a hard enough time 
remembering gamer tags let alone real names* 

The first keg rolled into the room about 5 pm that first night* Either they 
went light on the keg or we're all alcoholics* That first keg was gone by 9 
pm; completely empty and floating* I remember getting beer from some- 
where else, but not quite sure who gave it to me* I do remember, however, 
eating other peoples Chicago style pizza* Hell, it was lying there and no 
one was guarding it, so why not eat? 

Eventually, people started rolling out about 2:30 am* There was about 
15-20 of us left and I was thirsty* I wanted booze* Funny thing is, some- 
one left beer in the cooler*** and*** once again, no one was guarding it* 
"Anyone need a beer?" Four or five people came on up and I passed out 
the beer as if it was my own* Sorry to whoever's beer it was; you should 
have drunk it or brought it back to your room* 

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The next morning, about 10 am, a small group of us got together and 
went out for breakfast* It was just a little dive through restaurant but 
it did the trick* For eight bucks I had three eggs, two pancakes, toast, 
sausage, bacon and a glass of milL 

After returning to the hotel room I checked on the activities in the party 
room* Not a whole lot was going on and so I said to myself, "Be a wuss 
right now and get your ass back to the hotel room and take a one hour 
power nap*" So that's what I did* Awaking at 1 pm refreshed, I head 
back to the party room* 

About this time, the gaming is in full motion* From board games. World 
of War craft, Halo 2, Chromehounds, Call of Duty 2 to even poker and 
drinking contests - it was all happening* 

This time I jump on and play a little Halo 2 since that's what everyone 
else was doing* I eventually went out for dinner to celebrate Jolly Rogers' 
and SysChaos' birthday* 

Upon return, there was a keg waiting for us to tear into* This one lasted 
a little bit longer than the night before* A whole lot happened that night* 
To sum it up, I got drunk (like you didn't know that)* Hell, everyone was 
drunk and we floated another keg* I was "volunteered" to do the raffle 
and speak in front of everyone* We handed out some bondage equip- 
ment and we got to see Phreaks with a strap-on* We also had a poker 
tournament, the Whee^in Geezers awarded Doodi and DSmooth with 
these cool-ass tokens of appreciation, (they were postcards from mem- 
bers of the Wheezin Geezer clan that couldn't make it all posted onto a 
frame) and, last but not least, we met a ton of great new people* 

About 3 am everybody was leaving the party and heading back to 
their rooms* Then the saddest part of the LAN happened; the 
realization that it was over* When I would wake up the next morn- 
ing, everybody would be leaving and on their way back to their nor- 
mal lives* Tears were shed; handshakes were given and, hell, even 
some manly hugs* 

The rest of my trip home doesn't really matter* What really matters 
is what happened at the 2006 2old2con and my experience* 


One hundred people all with the same hobby came together into one 
big room* We were all together without a single bad attitude and 
without a single bad experience* People traveled from all over the 
United States and some from Canada to really experience what de- 
fines 2old2play as a site above all others* 

It's about gaming, but it's also about the real life friendships that are 
built* Xhox Live and 2old2play have become a meeting place for many 
people* Some great friendships were built at 2old2con, a few actual rela- 
tionships (guy/girl, you pervert), and best of all, camaraderie* 

If you didn't make it to the 2006 2old2con, you need to make it next 
year* There will definitely be another one* Start saving your money 
for plane tickets, hotel costs, booze and plenty of good times* I hope 
to see you at the 2007 2old2con* 






KIN6 Hl^ 

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Q By Tank 


Lots of people in the forums ask about what 
router to buy, what router are others using, 
and what router is the best, etc* I thoroughly 
believe in the D-Link Gaming Router, which is spe- 
cifically designed to maximize your gaming experi- 
ence* Besides being a top notch firewall and router, 
it has specific features within it for online gaming 
and Xhox Live use to reduce lag* 

D-Link has 2 gaming routers; they're both the same except one also 
has WiFi (802.11b/g) wireless networking (DGL-4300). The other is 
for wired connections only (DGL-4100). Both routers feature four 
1GB Ethernet ports, so you can plug your wired devices in and 
network them together at top speeds. ^ 

Step2: Hopefully your ISP is listed in the pull down. If not, 
you'll need to know a little something about how your ISP 
assigns your TCP/IP address. I've probably used 10 differ- 
ent ISP's and all but one have used the first option, DHCP. 
So pick that if you don't know, it's got the highest probabil- 
ity of being correct. 

Step3: Sometimes your ISP locks your network card's hard 
coded address (MAC address) as the only system that can ac- 
cess the connection. If this is the case, click the Clone Button. 
Then type in a HOST name, which can be anything you like. 

Let's get started with the setup and configuration. This 
setup guide will focus on getting the most out of your 
Xbox 360 Live connection. 


D-Link has an excellent graphical wiring diagram on its 
website. I recommend you take a look. Basically, if your Broadband 
Modem connects directly to your PC, the D-Link router will now 
go in the middle, with both devices plugging into it instead. Modem 
into the WAN port, PC into one of the 4 LAN ports. If you have a 
firewall/router already between your Broadband Modem and PC, the 
D-Link will replace that device. 

DGL-4100 guide: 
ftp://ftp.dlinLcom/Gateway/dgl4100/QIG/dgl4100 QIG lOO.pdf 

DGL-4300 guide: 
ftp://ftp.dlinLcom/Gateway/dgl4300/OIG/dgl4300 QIG lOO.pdf 


Your D-Link router's factory TCP/IP address is 192. 168. 0.1. .If you 
have some other device with that same address, you'll need to turn 
that other device off until your D-Link is configured. A similar 
thing to note is that your computer must also have a TCP/IP ad- 
dress starting 192. 168.0. X where X is a number from 2-254. If your 
computer's address is something different, change it to 
with a subnet mask of and you should be able to talk 
to your new D-Link. 

Once your router is turned on and your network settings are worked 
out, type in Internet Explorer or your browser's address 
bar and click GO. This should load the D-Link router logon screen. 
The default setting is for no password. From there you'll be dropped 
into the main D-Link Router configuration screen with 2 wizard op- 
tions ~ Internet Connectivity Wizard and Wireless Security Wizard. 

Click Internet Connection Setup Wizard. Most of these options are 
basic, so I'll just point out some important things. 

Stepl: Password: choose a good one. Make it at least 8 characters 
and try and use letters, numbers and special characters. 


Lastly, click the CONNECT huWon and your router will save the settings 
and restart. Log back in using your new password and click STATUS in 
the top menu. In the STATUS menu, you are most concerned with the 
WAN section. You want to see the TCP/IP address. Subnet Mask, Gate- 
way and DNS Server all filled in. If it's not, click the DHCP Release 
button then DHCP Renew, and wait a minute. If you still get nothing, 
the DHCP option you picked in Step 3 wasn't the option your ISP is us- 
ing. You'll need to call them and list the options in Step 3's screen and 
find out which one to pick to be compatible with them. 

step 1: You have to give your wireless network a name. This name 
is known as its SSID name. Any time you try and connect a wireless 
device to your wireless router, you need to specify the name or pick 
the name out of a list of available Wi-fi networks that are in range. 

Step 2: There are 3 types of encryption to secure your wireless net- 
work against outsiders getting on and messing around. In order of 
strongest to weakest those are WPA2, WPA and WEP. If you want 
to put the time into researching what all your wireless devices can 
support, go ahead and do that and pick the appropriate option. If you 
don't know, pick the GOOD option which is WEP, the most compat- 
ible option that will work with everything. 

Step 3: Wireless Password: This first screen generates a WEP Key 
from a password you give. You will use the WEP KEY to connect 
to your wireless network, not the password you type in. For your 
password it should be 20 characters and a mix of capital, small let- 
ters, numbers and special characters. Click NEXT and your WEP 
KEY will be generated, it will look like 1C347 68BC4 4F262 93E2F 
1F750 9. Write this WEP KEY down somewhere, you'll need to type 
it into each wireless network device you have. 

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Finally, click SAVE and your router will reboot. Reconnect to the 
router once it resets. 

Connecting your wireless devices is beyond the scope of this docu- 
ment. Every device, however, will need to know both your SSID 
and WEP Key, so make sure you have those remembered or written 
down and secured in a safe place. 


LAN: If you're fine building your network based on the 192.168.0.X de- 
fault configuration, you can leave this section alone. If your network was 
based on some other network, you will change that here in the IP Address 
box and adjust the Subnet 
Mask as required. Leave 
the rest of the settings 
alone and don't forget 
to SAVE Settings if 
you make changes. 
Keep in mind that 
if you change your 
router's LAN TCP/IP 
address, you'll now 

need to change your PC's networking information as well before you can 
connect to it again in Internet Explorer or another browser. 

DHCP: I'm not going to get into advanced DHCP configuration but 
I'll give you the basics. Every device on your network needs the 
LAN TCP/IP address information, including yom Xbox 360. If you 
only have one or two devices, you could set the network information 
manually. However if you have a few devices or just want a quick 
automated network device setup, I'd recommend you turn this on. 
Just click the Enable DHCP Server box at the top and click Save Set- 
tings. All the default options that are set when this gets turned on I 
expect will be fine for most people. 


You could tinker in these advanced settings for 
days. I'll take you through the most important sections 
relevant to Xbox Live and let you read up on the others on your 
own. Most people won't need to go beyond the sections I walk 
you through. 

SPECIAL APPLICATIONS: This screen opens inbound con- 
nections from the Internet to your home network. For most home 
users you can uncheck everything in the Application Level Gate- 
way Config window, especially if you don't know what any of 
those options are. These leave doors open for hackers to attempt 
exploitation. If you connect to an 
office to work from home, you 
probably want to leave PPTP 
and L2TP and IPSec VPN 
checked (or just one of 
the three if you know 
specifically which 
one your office 
uses ~ just ask 
your IT guy.) 

GAMING: We need a very important option in here. In the Add Game 
Rule window. Enable should be checked. In the Select Game pull down, 
select Xbox Live . Then click the SAVE button under Schedule. You 
should see Xbox Live listed now in the Game Rules List window. If you 
do, click Save Settings at the top. 

GAME FUEL: This is the heart of the D-Link router which gives it 
maximum gaming performance. Click Enable Game Fuel and a few 
configuration windows will open. You can leave all these set to the 
default options and click Save Settings at the top. 

FIREWALL: Enable SPI should be checked. Enable DMZ is 
optional but I would recommend it. What I do is I manually set 

the TCP/IP address infor- 
mation on my Xbox 360 
and in here I click En- 
able DMZ and put the 
address of my Xbox 
360 in the DMZ IP 
Address box. So if 
I set my Xbox 360 to, that's 
what I would put in 
the DMZ IP Address box. Why would you want to do this? It 
eliminates any connectivity problems if you host games. It may 
also help in gaming traffic flow speed because none of the game 
traffic should be processed by the firewall rules. 


There are a number of useful settings things to think about en- 
abling in the Tools menu. The first thing you should do once 
you're done tinkering is click Tools, Admin, and scroll to the bot- 
tom and pick Save Configuration. This will save a file to your PC 
hard drive with all router settings. You want to do this in case 
something happens to wipe out your router settings (firmware up- 
dates have a habit of doing this.) If something happens to your 
settings, you just come back to this screen and pick Restore 
Configuration from File, find the file on your hard drive 
and all your settings will be restored. 

That should do it. There's a lot to tinker with 
in the D-Link router and what I've walked 
you through should get you gaming 
at maximum performance. 

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King of Fighters 2006 


World Championship Poker All In ^^| 

^B 9/4 



Spyhunter : Nowhere to Run 

■ 9/5 



NASCAR 07 ^^^^^^^^^B 

^" 9/6 

Backyard Baseball 2007 




Lego Star Wars 


NHL 07 ^^^^^^^B__ 

_ 9/12 

NHL 2K7 


One Piece : Pirates' Carnival ^^^^^^^^ 

^P 9/12 

Rule of Rose 


Bratz : Forever Diamondz 


Cabela's Alaskan Adventure 


Ford Bold Moves Street Racing 


Open Season 


Samurai Warriors 2 


World Series of Poker 


Corvette GT Evolution ^^^^^^^^| 

^^ 9/25 

Family Feud 


NBA 2k7 


NBA Live 07 


Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova 


Fast & the Furious 


Greg Hastings Tour Paintball Max'd 


Just Cause 


Valkyrie Profile 2 





World Championship Poker 


^^m 9/5 

Loco Roco 


MotoGP ^^^^^^^^^^H 

^^^ 9/5 

Ultimate Ghost 'N' Goblins 








Bounty Hounds 


NHL 07 


Rengoku II ^^^^^^^^^| 

^^^^^^^ 9/12 

Open Season 


The Godfather _^^ 

World Series of Poker 


NBA Live 07 ^ 

^^^^^V 9/25 

Bubble Bobble Revolution 


NBA 07 


Online Chess Kingdoms 


Spectral Souls 




WTF: Work Time Fun 



Spy Hunter 






Lego Star Wars II 


NHL 07 


NHL 2K7 


Ford Bold Moves Street Racing 


Open Season 

__^^^^K_ ^/l^ 

NBA 2K7 


NBA Live 07 


Just Cause 

XBOX 360 


Possession ^^^^^^^^^H 



Test Drive Unlimted ^ 

^^^^H 9/5 

Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged 


Lego Star Wars II ^ 

^^^^^1 9/12 

NHL 07 


NHL 2K7 ^^^^^H 

^^^^^1 9/12 

Cabela's Alaskan Adventure 


Open Season 


Xbox Live Vision Camera 


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Samauri Warriors 2 


The Godfather ^^^^^^| 

^^^^^H 9/19 

World Series of Poker 


NBA 2K7 


NBA Live 07 


Import Tuner Challenge 


Just Cause 



Lego Star Wars II ^_ 

One Piece Pirates' Carnival 



^^^^ 9/18 

Open Season 


Baten Kaitos Origins 


Backyard Baseball 2007 


Naruto II 



Hardcore Pool 


Micro Machines V4 ^^^^^f 

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 


Konductra 1 

^^^^B 9/5 

Ultimate Card Games 


Mario Hoops 3on3 


Cooking Mama 


Harvest Moon DS ^^^^ 


Lego Star Wars II 


Mech Assault : Phanton War 

,^^^^^P 9/12 

Mega Man ZX 




Danny Phantom 


Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 




Dragon Quest Heroes ^^^^| 

^^[ 9/19 

Open Season 


The Suite Life of Zack and Cody 

""^^^^^ 9/19 

Alex Rider 


Maro vs Donkey Kong 2 


Bubble Bobble Revolution 


Mage Knight Destiny's Soldier 

^^^^^ 9/26 




Devil May Cry 3 


GTR2 ^^^^B 

^^^^^P 9/1 

Luxor Mahjong 


Backyard Baseball 2007 


Emperor s Treasures 




Prison Tycoon 2 


Secret Files: Tunguska 


Call of Juarez 


Faces of War 


Joint Task Force 


Origin of the Species ^^^^^ 

^^^^^H 9/6 

Coffee Tycoon 


Company of Heroes ^^^^^B 

^^^^^^ 9/11 

Glow Worm 


Pacific Storm 


Avatar The Last Airbender 


Everquest II Classic 


Lego Star Wars II 


NHL 07 ^_ 


NeverWinter Nights 2 


Age of Pirates ^^^| 

^^^^H_ ^/i^ 

Face Factory 2 


Patriot National Guard 


Rag Doll Kung Fu 


The Guild 2 i 

^^^^H 9/18 

Ford Bold moves Street Racing 


Open Season 




Inspector Parker ^^^^^H 

^^^^^^H ^^^^ 

NBA Live 07 


ParaWorld "^^^ 

Poker SuperStars II 


Caesar IV ^^^^^^m 

El Matador 


Fued ^^^^^^^^^^1 

^^^^^^ 9/26 

Just Cause 


Rainbow Island Revolutions 


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